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8.4 / 10

(based on 13 ratings in 2016)

2016

"The Oxford office is lovely with lots of space. The dress code is relaxed formal with a dress down day once a month for charity."
First year trainee, Oxford
"The new offices are great. The open-plan layout can be difficult to concentrate in, but it makes it easier to get to know people when you are new to a department and easier to approach partners for work."
First year trainee, London
"The location of the London office is great. There are a few building management issues, though, and things can take a while to be fixed. The dress code is smart but a suit is not necessary every day."
Second year trainee, London
"The office is well laid out, spacious, clean, tidy and modern. The dress code is business casual but smarter on days when seeing clients."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"The new offices are very nice. Situated a few steps from St Paul's cathedral, the location is particularly nice. The department floors are spacious, open-plan and each level has a large kitchen for sitting and preparing food. The office is open-plan and each trainee tends to sit near their supervising partner. Penningtons has a smart casual dress code but it is more on the smart side of casual, though this does vary from department to department. As a trainee in the private client department, I never know when I could be attending a client meeting so it is best to ensure I always have my jacket with me and look presentable."
First year trainee, London
"Due to the expanding nature of the firm, some offices start to feel cramped. Parking is also an issue if you need to drive into some offices."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"In the Oxford office, most trainees share an office with a partner. The dress code is smart business wear."
First year trainee, Oxford

2015

"The Oxford office is a little out of the way on an out-of-town business park, but the other offices are all extremely well-connected to public transport, and well-located in their respective cities/towns."
Second year trainee, Oxford
"The firm is currently moving a number of its offices to newly refurbished buildings. This will give us more space and facilities. A more efficient framework of support staff is also being employed. Furthermore, a number of the internal network facilities are being combined to create a more unilateral system. The dress code depends on the department, but you usually don't have to wear a tie except for when you have a meeting."
First year trainee, London
"Currently the London office is split. However, we are about to move to new offices, which will solve this issue, and they look fantastic."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"The London office is currently split across two locations. The offices in London Wall are really plush and much nicer than the offices in St Paul's! We are moving offices next year so as to integrate all the London departments."
First year trainee, London
"The firm has an open-plan office. Basingstoke is very close to the town centre with lots of shops and restaurants. Here, the dress code is smart, but you don't have to wear a suit into work everyday."
First year trainee, Basingstoke
"I am in the Surrey offices which are open-plan, and this adds to the relaxed atmosphere. Dress is officially smart casual, although I almost always wear a suit and tie because I don't want to be caught out by a surprise client meeting! Both Surrey offices are right in town, so there is no problem with places to get food."
Second year trainee, Guildford
"The old London office is currently very cramped but there are plans to move shortly, the other offices vary but are generally good with lots of space."
Second year trainee, Guildford
"Offices are in a good location right opposite the train station. There are nice desks and facilities to enjoy your lunch break. There is a smart casual dress code but predominantly smart - dress and cardigan for girls and shirts, not necessarily ties for boys."
First year trainee, Guildford

2013

"Great modern offices; open-plan. Smart dress code if meeting clients."
First year trainee, Guildford
"The regional offices are well located in terms of being close to the town and public transport. The open-plan offices makes it easier to get to know everyone in the firm and creates a friendly atmosphere. The dress code is smart casual unless you are meeting a client and then a suit is expected."
Second year trainee, Basingstoke
"Dress code is relaxed, tie for client contact."
First year trainee, London
"Despite being in Basingstoke, the office is pretty good. Close to the train station and near international companies (which is great for targeting new work). There are often complaints about the size of the kitchen but I believe this is being worked on. Meeting rooms and reception area are regularly refurbished. The office space itself is open-plan, which increases access to senior members of staff. Dress code is smart casual and no one expects ties/suit jackets unless you are meeting with a client."
Newly qualified solicitor, Basingstoke
"Offices are nice - London office is right next to St Paul's. Dress code is smart casual - suits for client meetings/court."
Second year trainee, London
"They are clean, comfortable with good facilities, (kitchen on each floor, etc), but they are not as flashy as some which I have visited during my training, but I think that reflects the firm - understated and friendly."
Second year trainee, London
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