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Simmons & Simmons

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8.1 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2018)
"A great place to work with high quality work and friendly people...."
Culture
8.6 / 10
 
Formal Training
7.6 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
7.1 / 10
 
Hours
6.6 / 10
 
Salary
6.8 / 10
 
 
Diversity
8.4 / 10
 
Pro Bono
7.9 / 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.
  • The formal training on offer covers a wide range of topics and is seen as being very valuable.
  • There’s a very strong focus on pro bono work with interesting projects on offer.

Cons

  • The firm does not offer as many international secondments as some would like.
  • There could be more transparency in the seat allocation process.
  • The benefits offered could be better with more variety.
  • The salary is seen as being fair, but not particularly competitive.

What insiders say about...

"The best way to prepare is to brush up on your commercial awareness and your knowledge..."

"The culture really is the best thing about the firm. The hierarchy is not too rigid..."

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

"There are lots of opportunities for mentoring. Each trainee is assigned a trainee..."

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

"Your hours depend on what you have on. It has been a busy summer in my department..."

"The trainee salary is good and changes to it are transparently communicated."

"I have been really impressed by the provisions for international secondees. The Deliveroo..."

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

"I was asked for an example of when I'd overcome a personal challenge and what my..."

"The firm is carbon-neutral and we recycle and shred about 70% of our paper usage...."

"The Senior Partner, Colin Passmore, is very committed to diversity and as such that..."

"My day-to-day responsibilities include amending prospectuses, drafting board minutes,..."

"I have worked on a lot of pro bono projects in some departments and less in others..."

"Great training. A high level of responsibility and client exposure. Everyone is very..."

"The working culture varies across different practices."

"The amount of pro bono work the firm does."

"I think the firm genuinely makes every effort to retain as many people as possible..."

"Our canteen is covered in original Damien Hirst artwork."

"Intellectual, ambitious and decent."

"We have a pro bono scheme with local schools whereby we mentor students, offer financial..."

"Regularise hours - although not sure if that is wishful thinking..."

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