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7.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 27 ratings in 2016)
"Friendly, supportive and insightful."
Culture
8.2 / 10
 
Formal Training
8.3 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
7.3 / 10
 
Hours
6.9 / 10
 
Salary
7.0 / 10
 
 
Diversity
9.1 / 10
 
Pro Bono
8.6 / 10
 
 

Pros

  • The culture at the firm is friendly and collegiate at all levels.
  • Senior lawyers are happy to explain things to trainees and aid in their development.
  • Well regarded for gender diversity.
  • The formal training on offer covers a wide range of topics and is always very valuable.

Cons

  • The firm does not have a huge number of international secondments on offer.
  • At times the hierarchy at the firm can be quite rigid.
  • There could be more transparency in the seat allocation process.
  • Retention at the firm has been low recently.

What insiders say about...

"Understand commercial trends and watch the news. Most importantly, know what it is..."

"After hours there is an atmosphere of camaraderie. It is unlikely that senior team..."

"At the start of the training contract, there is a three-week induction programme..."

"There is a mentoring programme where we get to select who we would like to be our..."

"The dress code is fairly informal unless you have a meeting; ties are optional."

"In my first seat I was mostly working quite long hours but they have been better..."

"Very satisfied with my pay and looking forward to the new qualifier pay rise."

"Employees can get a free dinner if working after 9:00pm and a free taxi home after..."

"The interview process was quite involved, there was a document exercise, a drafting..."

"Why law? Why Simmons? Tell me a time when you have worked effectively in a team."

"Recycling bins are common around the firm, as is double-sided printing."

"Simmons is one of the best firms in the City regarding diversity, childcare and maternity..."

"I don't have much client interaction, but that could be because I am in a litigation..."

"I am currently working on a pro bono matter for a major charity - great work outside..."

"Good working hours, relaxed staff, top-level work and clients."

"Concerns about low retention rates and seat choices with good employment prospec..."

"It had a reputation for being friendly and now that I'm here, I can't emphasise how..."

"The firm's recent retention rates have not been particularly encouraging due to a..."

"Our canteen is covered with Damien Hirst artwork."

"A really great firm to train at with a breadth of practices, attracting top end ..."

"The firm is involved with a lot of mentoring schemes for students in school."

"More international secondments should be available. Currently competition is extremely..."

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