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7.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 27 ratings in 2016)
"Innovative, collegiate and ambitious."
8.2 / 10
Formal Training
8.3 / 10
Offices & Dress
7.3 / 10
6.9 / 10
7.0 / 10
9.1 / 10
Pro Bono
8.6 / 10


  • 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.


  • 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...

"Be sure to read the business news in the lead up to the interview and be able to..."

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

"Very good three-week induction programme. Lots of training at the beginning of each..."

"There is a mentoring programme but I think it is more natural to find your own mentor...."

"The client areas are nice, as is the canteen. Staff changing rooms and showers are..."

"My hours are varied. There have been times I have worked until 1.00 am and other..."

"At a trainee level pay is competitive and fair in my opinion."

"Taxis after 9.00 pm, free dinner after 8.00 pm, subsidised ski trips."

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

"The questions were more about what I had done and what I was interested in doing..."

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

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

"Day-to-day responsibilities include running the commercial property process on deals,..."

"I have worked on the sponsorship deal for an Art Fair, trade mark work for a major..."

"Friendly people, good training, high expectations, pleasant and convenient place..."

"There are very few international secondments, and in reality most trainees who want..."

"I picked the firm based on its reputation for high level work."

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

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"The firm hosts work experience for high school students to target those from different..."

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