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8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 26 ratings in 2016)
"Friendly, positive and hard-working."
8.7 / 10
Formal Training
8.3 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.5 / 10
7.6 / 10
6.3 / 10
9.3 / 10
Pro Bono
9.4 / 10


  • 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.


  • 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.

What insiders say about...

"Be enthusiastic! Talk to solicitors at the firm to get an idea of the type of work..."

"Fewer trainees make for better social events and getting to know each other. No requirement..."

"Very much depends on the department and surrounding colleagues. Sometimes it's of..."

"My team are great for this but I get the impression that it can vary between dep..."

"The offices are amazing. The dress code for men is suits and open collar."

"I mostly work 9.30 am – 7.00 pm. Some nights I'll finish at 5.30 pm and others..."

"I'm generally very happy, although the issue of pay does crop up a lot."

"There are a lot of benefits you can choose including gym membership, dental, health..."

"I completed the application form on the firm's website, got invited for the assessment..."

"Why have you made the choices you've made? What have you learned from/how have you..."

"In my experience, there seems to be little evidence that the firm is implementing..."

"The firm is very committed to diversity. Lawyers at all levels are encouraged to..."

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

"Client interaction - by email and in meetings - is encouraged, but the nature of..."

"There are more pro bono opportunities than you can shake a stick at. These range..."

"I get a great level of responsibility and well-rounded support throughout the training..."

"Qualification process was not as transparent as it could have been. I did not think..."

"I knew that the firm had departments that practised most of the areas of law in which..."

"Retention rates are extremely high and generally those that do not stay on have chosen..."

"Skyfall (the Bond film) was filmed here, along with numerous other films. This spring,..."

"Approachable, friendly, great views."

"There are a large number of initiatives the firm is involved in - headed by Sarah..."

"As with any career there are times when you are a bit stressed but never for prolonged..."

"I believe that there should be more international secondments considering the international..."

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