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8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 26 ratings in 2016)
"Lawyers who really care about their clients."
Pros: 
  • The high-quality work and level of responsibility given to trainees shows how highly valued they are by the firm.
  • Friendly colleagues and an open culture make the firm an enjoyable place to work.
  • A wide variety of formal training is on offer providing lots of opportunities for developing new skills.
  • The firm has won several awards for its work surrounding diversity.
Cons: 
  • Occasionally, high workloads mean it can be hard to find the time to get feedback on work you have done.
  • Salaries are seen as good but becoming less competitive.
  • There could be more international secondments on offer, given the firm's global presence.
  • While the firm does have flexible working, this is not available to trainees.
Culture
8.7 / 10
 
Formal Training
8.3 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
9.5 / 10
 
Hours
7.6 / 10
 
Salary
6.3 / 10
 
 
Diversity
9.3 / 10
 
Pro Bono
9.4 / 10
 
 

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"My top tip would be to talk to associates and partners, if you get the chance, about..."

"Office hours vary. Regular drinks trolleys are a good way of encouraging socialising..."

"With regard to formal training, I found there to be a wide variety of seminars on..."

"Good overall but the quality of mentors can be a bit hit and miss."

"Great space, location and views. Dress code is business casual (suit no tie)."

"I appreciate the later start at the firm as it makes it possible for me to do the..."

"Trainees received a bonus this year. It was welcome, as we have put in a great deal..."

"I just attended a vacation scheme event where the firm brought in a bartender to..."

"Application form is longer than for many other training contracts and includes a..."

"The interview consisted largely of competency questions regarding key skills such..."

"We recycle and lighting is responsive (so artificial lighting is only triggered when..."

"I see that the firm is visibly diverse: it is clear that they make an effort to employ..."

"I'm not really sure what it takes to become partner; this isn't relayed at my stage..."

"Most of our clients are international so most interaction is over the phone or via..."

"Every trainee gets involved with pro bono. 100% record for the last six years."

"Sense that the firm has things it wants to achieve and that it's going places."

"The firm is working to increase the awareness of its brand in the UK. Some progress..."

"Interest in some of the firms areas of strength (Shipping and Energy) and then an..."

"I feel that the jobs available could be matched to individuals better: this would..."

"We have an office in Kazakhstan."

"Ambitious, innovative and has a keen interest in developing its employees."

"Lots of work with Queen Mary University and other community schemes regarding helping..."

"You're busy during the day but people generally accept that you need to leave at..."

"There are some great secondments but it would be nice to have one to New York or..."

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