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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Penningtons Manches

8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 18 ratings in 2016)
"An expanding UK law firm with a strong focus on technology."
8.0 / 10
Formal Training
7.8 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.4 / 10
8.5 / 10
7.1 / 10
7.3 / 10
Pro Bono
6.1 / 10


  • Friendly and helpful mentors give regular feedback and support.
  • Early training is given to help trainees feel comfortable at the firm from the start.
  • Trainees are given responsibility and varied work throughout their time at the firm.
  • Flexible hours make it possible to maintain a good work/life balance.


  • There’s a feeling that trainee salaries are below average for a City firm.
  • It can be a struggle to get a seat in a highly sought-after department.
  • While the open-plan office is good for meeting people, some may find it distracting.
  • Some felt that the firm’s IT could be improved.

What insiders say about...

"The firm now employs an assessment day format. I recommend that you learn about the..."

"Culture in the office is excellent. Everyone mucks in for work where required and..."

"Each department runs a monthly know-how session to keep up to date with legal developments...."

"Everyone is very approachable and takes the time to explain things thoroughly: you..."

"Offices are nice - London office is right next to St Paul's. Dress code is smart..."

"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..."

"There are cinema tickets offered on a monthly basis. In theory, if you are in the..."

"In comparison with other firm the questions seemed very straightforward. They appeared..."

"The interview was very friendly, and with the expected questions on why this firm..."

"The firm recycles but I'm not aware of any additional efforts in this area."

"Several of the partners work part-time and are looking after children, and a lot..."

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

"Depending on the department and the work available at the time I have had a lot of..."

"I have yet to work on any pro bono, having only just joined the firm. However, I..."

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

"The long hours we often have to work aren't reflected in the salary we receive."

"I applied here because of the excellent vacation scheme, during which I did real..."

"It is often a question of whether there is space in the department you want to qualify..."

"We have our own band."

"The firm is innovative and dynamic; yet supportive and committed to its core values...."

"The firm's mentality seems to be that if the right person fits the job and the Penningtons'..."

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

"Higher pay."

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