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8.1 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 11 ratings in 2017)
"Evolving and focused."
7.9 / 10
Formal Training
7.5 / 10
Offices & Dress
6.4 / 10
7.6 / 10
6.1 / 10
7.5 / 10
Pro Bono
6.7 / 10


  • People at the firm are friendly and helpful and mentors give regular support to trainees.
  • Early training is given in both legal and non-legal skills to help trainees feel comfortable at the firm from the start.
  • Trainees are given responsibility and varied work throughout their time at the firm.
  • While hours can be long, many feel it is easier to maintain a good work/life balance than at other firms.


  • There’s a feeling that trainee salaries are below average for a City firm.
  • There can be competition for seats in highly sought-after departments.
  • While the open-plan office is good for helping trainees to learn, some find it distracting.
  • Some feel that the firm’s IT could be improved.

What insiders say about...

"There's an assessment day for the vac scheme and then a second interview after the..."

"The relatively small trainee intake means that people get to know each other quite..."

"There is training each month for trainees and gives everyone a chance to meet and..."

"Whilst each trainee is given specific mentors, I have found that everyone is willing..."

"In the Oxford office, most trainees share an office with a partner. The dress code..."

"In Private Client I was working 8:30am to 5:30pm as standard. In Corporate I start..."

"I think that the salary is realistic for a firm with this culture and hours. We missed..."

"Being able to buy an extra three days of holiday."

"Competency based questions and questions based on the application form."

"Why this firm specifically? What ties do you have to the area? Where do you see yourself..."

"Penningtons Manches increase their efforts to encourage recycling and reduce printing..."

"The firm has a strong commitment to diversity, as shown by various 'Pennclusion'..."

"Penningtons has recently introduced an accelerated route to promotion for people..."

"My days vary. I attend weekly client meetings where I also prepare attendance notes..."

"I have done some work for the pro bono committee but have not been as involved as..."

"I found the one-to-one training from associates and partners who are outstanding..."

"There are lots of new systems and processes to learn."

"The breadth of practice areas, the friendliness of HR and my interviewing partner...."

"This varies year on year so it's hard to say. It's more competitive in London than..."

"We have our own band."

"Energetic, evolving and friendly."

"The firms' corporate social responsibility schemes with local charities focus on..."

"In general, stresses are associated with the job, not the firm."

"Improve technology. All fee earners should have laptops to make agile working and..."

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