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7.7 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 16 ratings in 2018)
"Ambitious, innovative and has a keen interest in developing its..."
8.8 / 10
Formal Training
6.9 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.1 / 10
6.6 / 10
7.4 / 10
9.1 / 10
Pro Bono
9.5 / 10


  • The high-quality work and level of responsibility given to trainees show 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.


  • Salaries are seen as good but becoming less competitive.
  • Some trainees would like more consistent and regular feedback.
  • There can sometimes be competition for the more popular departments.
  • Some feel that they would like more control over their seat choices.

What insiders say about...

"Consider your past achievements and accomplishments that you are most proud of and..."

"Work hard but remember 'life is for living'. The firm does not feel 'American' in..."

"At Reed Smith, there is an absolutely vast array of training you can get involved..."

"I love how accessible the partners and senior partners are. Building rapport is easy..."

"Offices are pretty stunning. Dress code varies department to department but it is..."

"My working hours are generally from 9:00am to 7:00pm, and they tend to be very flexible...."

"I would say salaries are fair."

"We get free entry to Barbican events."

"When I joined there was an online exam, then if you were selected to continue there..."

"I was asked the standard interview questions - e.g. why law? why this firm? Lots..."

"Some initiatives are present but could be improved (eg discontinuing the use of plastic..."

"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..."

"I'm generally given good quality work mixed with some more mundane tasks. People..."

"I have my own pro bono project with Lawyers Without Borders and King's College London..."

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

"The fact that there is nowhere to get food after 2:00pm bar a vending machine."

"The smaller intake, the legal practice course with the masters, the welcome I received..."

"I'm confident about retention in general, but less so about retention in a specific..."

"There are always cakes and chocolates in the kitchen – not great for the waistline...."

"The firm is friendly and allows trainees to maintain a good work/life balance."

"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..."

"More information about the seats before selection, and a more effective system for..."

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