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8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 26 ratings in 2016)
"The firm is varied, inclusive and social."
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
 
 

What insiders say about...

"You should research the firm before the interview, and stress that it is the variety..."

"The culture is generally friendly and open. I don't think we have a 'face-time' culture..."

"Training is very good and very organised. Departments provide their own training..."

"Solicitors and partners are accessible, and some can be good mentors. They are good..."

"The office is fantastic and has some of the best views in London."

"I have never been told I am expected in at a certain time or to stay in until a certain..."

"The fact that trainees get bonuses is already great - I understand not all firms..."

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

"I didn't apply anywhere else so I have nothing to compare my experience to. The application..."

"Questions in my interview included why I chose law, and why I wanted to work for..."

"There are recycling bins everywhere!"

"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..."

"Generally you are given a good deal of responsibility; but it really does depend..."

"The firm is keen to retain its reputation as a top form for pro bono work, and I..."

"As a trainee you're rapidly exposed to high quality work for interesting and innovative..."

"Remuneration is not on par with other City firms."

"The friendly nature of the firm drew me towards them, as did its open-door policy,..."

"Seem to have been fair recently but the jobs available don't always match the departments..."

"The James Bond film, Skyfall, was filmed in our lobby (although it claims to be ..."

"An open, diverse and hard-working firm."

"We do a lot of networking events with organisation such as the BLD Foundation and..."

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

"Improvements to pay and bonus system."

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