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8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 26 ratings in 2016)
"Hard to pigeon-hole - good people."
Pros: 
  • 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.
Cons: 
  • Occasionally, high workloads mean it can be hard to find the time to get feedback on work you have done.
  • Salaries are seen as good but becoming less competitive.
  • There could be more international secondments on offer, given the firm's global presence.
  • While the firm does have flexible working, this is not available to trainees.
Culture
8.7 / 10
 
Formal Training
8.3 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
9.5 / 10
 
Hours
7.6 / 10
 
Salary
6.3 / 10
 
 
Diversity
9.3 / 10
 
Pro Bono
9.4 / 10
 
 

What insiders say about...

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

"Very much depends on the department and surrounding colleagues. Sometimes it's of..."

"People are approachable in the firm and there are various mentoring schemes for ..."

"The offices at Broadgate Tower have the best view out of all law firms in the City...."

"I have had very steady work hours - 8:30am-7:30/8:00pm most days. If I have had to..."

"Seem to be paid the lowest end in London compared to other friends at the same l..."

"The cakes that regularly appear in our kitchens are a fun perk."

"I believe it is more competitive now but when I applied, I got my training contract..."

"The interview included 'standard' competency based questions and questions on the..."

"I am a 'green champion', an initiative in the firm helping to raise awareness of..."

"Very flexible when it comes to maternity leave/childcare. There is a big push on..."

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

"Client interaction - by email and in meetings - is encouraged, but the nature of..."

"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..."

"The firm is working to increase the awareness of its brand in the UK. Some progress..."

"The niche practice areas, the people."

"Generally, retention rates are very high, which is a very positive thing."

"We have an office in Kazakhstan."

"Happy, vibrant, welcoming, down to earth."

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

"Some days are stressful. If I am working on an urgent application or injunction then..."

"I would prefer to find out our next seat a bit earlier."

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