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7.7 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 16 ratings in 2018)
"Forward-thinking and constantly looking to improve."
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...

"Definitely do your research. Know why you have targeted Reed Smith in particular,..."

"There's a minimal hierarchy and the managing partner's office is next door so I have..."

"With regard to formal training, I found there to be a wide variety of seminars on..."

"People are generally very accessible. This obviously depends on the person and how..."

"The London office is reasonably new so it's nicely done up, in an impressive building,..."

"Hours are comparatively good with other city firms. Hours can be unpredictable but..."

"I am currently satisfied with my pay at Reed Smith."

"Taxis, dinners if working late, invites to client events, free tickets."

"I received an offer for the training contract after my summer vacation scheme at..."

"I was asked about my dissertation, examples of when I had demonstrated various skills..."

"The office has many green initiatives designed to reduce its carbon footprint and..."

"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 receive good work. I'm responsible for negotiating and drafting documents as well..."

"The pro bono initiatives at the firm are really good: we do loads of pro bono and..."

"The culture. No other firm I have ever been at has been so friendly and down-to-earth...."

"Comparatively lower pay. Some teams are less established so training quality can..."

"The culture and approach to disability. As a disabled candidate who has experienced..."

"Rates are normally good - although it depends on the ratio of trainees who are after..."

"The rooms are named after the places you can see from them."

"Global, growing, collaborative, exciting, supportive."

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

"You're busy during the day but people generally accept that you need to leave at..."

"Improvements to pay and bonus system."

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