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8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 12 ratings in 2017)
"The firm is friendly and allows trainees to maintain a good work/life..."
8.8 / 10
Formal Training
7.8 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.3 / 10
7.2 / 10
6.5 / 10
9.1 / 10
Pro Bono
9.6 / 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.


  • Salaries are seen as good but becoming less competitive.
  • There could be more international secondments on offer, given the firm's global presence.
  • There can sometimes be competition for the more popular departments.
  • Some felt that they would have liked more control over their seat choices.

What insiders say about...

"There's a standard application form as well as a situational strength test online..."

"People are friendly and approachable and there is a pretty flat hierarchy. Hours..."

"The professional skills course is well organised. Training parameters for the training..."

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

"Great building. The dress code can vary between departments. For example, the media..."

"Some teams have more constant hours and a better work/life balance than others."

"The pay is good and on par with other law firms. It's not as high as magic circle..."

"Perks of working for Reed Smith include overseas secondments (when they are available)..."

"Full selection day at the end of the vacation scheme - broad overview legal questions..."

"I was mostly asked questions about my life experiences."

"We are encouraged to recycle paper and computers automatically shut down at 10:00pm..."

"There are internal networks focusing on female lawyers, BME lawyers, disabled lawyers..."

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

"I have plenty of client interaction, I get a real blend of work. Sometime these are..."

"For the past six years, every trainee in London has undertaken pro bono work. The..."

"There are a variety of benefits when working for Reed Smith: the office view, friendly..."

"Often long hours in certain departments."

"International focus, and the broad range of practice areas."

"Ordinarily the retention rates of the firm are very high."

"James Bond: Skyfall was filmed in the offices."

"A diverse firm with a good, collegiate atmosphere."

"The firm frequently holds workshops and events where applicants from less privileged..."

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

"It would be helpful if they could tell us where the firm is taking on staff so we..."

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