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8.1 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 11 ratings in 2017)
"Growing, inclusive and sociable."
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...

"I completed an application form and a half-day assessment for the vacation scheme..."

"In terms of social events, the Sport and Social Committee put on a number of events..."

"When first joining we had training sessions once a month which was great and allowed..."

"My trainee mentor is excellent and my partner mentor is very helpful and easy to..."

"The regional offices are too small considering the rate at which the firm is expanding...."

"If you need to leave at 5:00pm and you have a good reason then they are happy for..."

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

"Private health insurance and gym membership discounts."

"Candidates need to be knowledgeable and confident but the firm seems to focus on..."

"Describe yourself in three words. What would you find difficult about law/being a..."

"Environmental initiatives include recycling and dimming lights in infrequently-used..."

"It can be quite hard to judge this but I have noticed a good range of gender diversity..."

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

"High levels of responsibility from an early stage, day-to-day conduct of some files,..."

"It wasn't great to begin with but they are setting up a more firm-wide approach with..."

"The quality of lawyers and the friendliness of the firm."

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

"The opportunity to do high-quality work outside of London coupled with a fantastic..."

"Records suggest good retention rates."

"We have been champions of the local five-a-side league for each of the past three..."

"Friendly, forward-thinking and hard-working."

"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."

"Wages could be a little higher for me."

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