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7.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 27 ratings in 2016)
"Friendly, supportive working environment."
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.
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
 
 

What insiders say about...

"Make sure you can answer competency questions in a well structured manner and be..."

"Very good bunch of trainees who are all sociable. Associates and senior associates..."

"There are a variety of internal training sessions at a trainee-, departmental- and..."

"Feedback is quite informal for trainees, but people are generally forthcoming with..."

"The London office is in Moorgate, close to the tube station. The dress code is business..."

"In my first seat, my hours were very consistent arriving at 8:30-9:00am and leaving..."

"Good pay in general but less than some other City firms. Trainees do not get bon..."

"The Donmar Warehouse tickets are great, shows are always sold out there so it's very..."

"The firm has high standards. However, I found the interviews interesting and the..."

"I was asked about my previous work experience as well as questions such as Why law?..."

"Typical law firm problem of using a lot of paper, but good recycling, low carbon..."

"Good on diversity, with a top rank in Stonewall."

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

"I've done some pro bono through my last department; working on a litigation case...."

"Interesting, high-quality work with a lot of autonomy and responsibility from day..."

"The hours are sometimes extensive when working on time sensitive matters."

"I attended an open day and vacation scheme, which confirmed for me that I wanted..."

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

"Our canteen is covered with Damien Hirst artwork."

"Supportive, collaborative, understanding and dynamic."

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

"I would prefer to do six, four-month seats instead of four, six-month seats to be..."

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