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8.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2016)
"Collegiate and hard working."
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
 
 

What insiders say about...

"Assessment day (including partner interview, group exercise, written exercise) as..."

"The firm has a good social calendar and the people are generally quite nice. On the..."

"All professional skills courses and further in-department training sessions are very..."

"Associates are great mentors and are very willing to teach. Partners are generally..."

"We work in large and bright offices - they are a good space. The firm has a casual..."

"The hours depend on the rhythms of the matter you are working on. Given the nature..."

"Very decent salary."

"Great gym subsidy. Generous dinner allowance and free taxi home if working past 8.00..."

"The interview process comprises one interview with HR and a lawyer for the vacation..."

"My first interview was quite informal so we had a conversation about my degree and..."

"Not a huge focus, but recycling is encouraged (including battery recycling boxes)..."

"We have several diversity initiatives and have a very active pro bono committee!"

"Relatively easy to move up the ranks. Meritocratic."

"In my current transactional seat, there is little client interaction, but in my seats..."

"Really good for pro bono work. I have been involved in a variety of schemes from..."

"The friendly environment and supportive colleagues."

"The unpredictable nature of the work - although exciting, planning things in advance..."

"I wanted to work here because of the smaller London office and the firm's speciality..."

"Provided that the trainees do not all want to qualify in the same department, retention..."

"We have a free drinks trolley every last Friday of the month."

"Supportive, efficient and professional."

"The firm works with the RARE organisation to encourage clients from ethnic minorities..."

"My first seat has been really enjoyable - the work has been interesting and the hours..."

"More regular hours."

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