Get the inside buzz from graduates at Pinsent Masons

8.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 25 ratings in 2017)
"Sociable, nicely competitive and diverse."
9.0 / 10
Formal Training
8.4 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.4 / 10
7.9 / 10
7.3 / 10
8.9 / 10
Pro Bono
7.2 / 10


  • There is a wide variety of work for trainees and they are given increasing responsibility as their training contract progresses.
  • It’s a diverse firm with varied employees from all over the country following multiple mergers.
  • There are many social events to attend as well as a friendly and supportive culture.
  • Employees are able to have a degree of flexibility in their working hours when needed.


  • Pay is seen as being lower than some competitors, especially in the regional offices.
  • The experiences of trainees can vary between departments and supervisors.
  • Many trainees would like to have more international secondments available.
  • Some felt that they would like more control over their seat allocations.

What insiders say about...

"The application process during the vacation placement involves an interview, an in-tray..."

"The effort Pinsent Masons puts into making all of its staff feel welcome and included..."

"The training at the firm is very thorough. You undergo training for each department..."

"People are generally very accessible and Pinsent Masons lawyers tend to make good..."

"The new Birmingham office is very impressive and a pleasant place to work."

"This varies depending on departments but the firm is good for flexible working. Naturally,..."

"The pay is fine but lower than at some other firms. I'm not aware of any bonuses...."

"If you stay after 7.00 pm then you can claim up to £15 for dinner. If you stay after..."

"The questions are predominantly competency based. You might be asked about your strengths..."

"I haven't been aware of much in this area. There is a push to do as much online as..."

"The firm is very good in terms of female partners and LGBT diversity."

"The quality of the work I have been assigned has vastly improved as my training contract..."

"I work on our E-Spark programme where we provide advice to entrepreneurs. Not only..."

"The culture. Everyone at the firm is exceedingly friendly and very generous with..."

"There is a high chance of having to do two property seats in the Birmingham office...."

"I met a partner at an event who had previously been a partner at a Magic Circle firm...."

"The retention rates are good at the firm but the available new qualifier positions..."

"We have an office in the Falklands."

"Sociable, nicely competitive and diverse."

"During the vacation scheme, the emphasis was more on the firm getting to know you...."

"More transparency at the earlier stages of the qualification process."

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