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8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 26 ratings in 2016)
"Ambitious, innovative and has a keen interest in developing its employees."
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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