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8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 12 ratings in 2017)
"A friendly, vibrant, modern and reputable firm."
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...

"Thee's an online application, a strengths-based interview, a group exercise and a..."

"Socialising amongst trainees is great, because we were all friends from law school..."

"Learning and development runs lots of training sessions. There are also training..."

"When you complete a piece of work, the partner/associate will generally give you..."

"The offices are amazing. While the building lacks fresh air, it should be noted that..."

"There is no culture of people impressing others with how long they stay in the office..."

"Base pay is also on the lower end of the market."

"We are often given free tickets to theatres or exhibitions on a first-come-first-served..."

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

"Why this firm? Why law? Tell us about a time when you have exceeded expectations...."

"We are always encouraged to recycle and there is a firm-wide waste reduction programme...."

"I see that the firm is visibly diverse: it is clear that they make an effort to employ..."

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

"I have a high level of client contact and day to day I spend a lot of time reviewing..."

"Pro bono hours not count towards chargeable hours which is great but partners still..."

"There is an 'open-door' culture and people are generally approachable. The firm is..."

"It's mandatory to undertake a contentious seat."

"The work areas, international, client list, good reputation for work/life balance...."

"The retention rates are average although this is often due to a bottle neck of trainees..."

"When classes are on, you can do yoga on the 31st floor!"

"Unusually friendly."

"Lots of work with Queen Mary University and other community schemes regarding helping..."

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

"I would prefer to have six seats of four months each as the current structure (four..."

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