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8.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2016)
"Excellent career prospects and development opportunities."
Pros: 
  • The office has a very collegiate atmosphere and a culture of collaboration.
  • A relatively small trainee intake allows for a lot of individual focus and access to high quality work.
  • There are lots of training sessions on offer to help trainees develop their skills.
  • The buddy system allows trainees to learn from senior colleagues in an informal setting.
Cons: 
  • The allocation of work can be somewhat unpredictable.
  • Expectations of long hours mean it can make maintaining a decent work/life balance difficult.
  • There could be more opportunities for trainees to go on secondment.
  • At present the seat allocation process is not very transparent.
Culture
8.4 / 10
 
Formal Training
8.4 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
7.6 / 10
 
Hours
7.2 / 10
 
Salary
8.3 / 10
 
 
Diversity
7.7 / 10
 
Pro Bono
8.3 / 10
 
 

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