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7.7 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 16 ratings in 2018)
"Friendly, down-to-earth and approachable."
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...

"Do not be afraid to be yourself. I would not recommend showing excessive competitiveness..."

"The culture here is very varied: while some departments would rather you did the..."

"You get extensive training at the start of your training contract. This includes..."

"The supervisors are fantastic and keep trainees very involved and up to date with..."

"The view is still stunning even after a year of looking at it."

"The flexibility of working hours can depend on your supervisor: they are happy for..."

"Compared to the hours you work, the salary is not competitive with the market. Bonus..."

"Excellent pension scheme, great restaurant on site, variety of wellness and knowledge..."

"I had to take online tests, fill out a pretty standard application form and also..."

"There are strengths-based questions and tests of your attention to detail, willingness..."

"To reduce its carbon footprint the firm recycles and has energy saving initiatives...."

"There are major internal drives for diversity."

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

"I have just started to get some client interaction - it is still early days in my..."

"I am working on a project which will see a draft model law to protect human rights..."

"Most people are incredibly friendly and willing to help you with your career development..."

"I wish we had a gym on site."

"It's a highly regarded international firm with a broad range of practice areas. I..."

"The retention rates depend heavily on the applications made by the intake. If everyone..."

"Recently opened offices in Singapore and Houston."

"Forward-thinking and constantly looking to improve."

"A lot of work is done across the country to educate people on the option of this..."

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

"More consistent feedback to trainees throughout the training period."

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