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7.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 27 ratings in 2016)
"Ambitious, fun, hard working."
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...

"Competency interviews, written exercise, document and group exercises. Honestly,..."

"The firm is very sociable. Some of the departments have a very active social life..."

"Training varies between departments but every seat will have, at the very least,..."

"The firm has a mentor scheme and I meet up with mine every few months. She's absolutely..."

"The offices are fairly small for the growing firm, however they are in a great location..."

"In my first two seats my hours were very regular and great (the average was 8:30/9:00am-6:30/7.00pm)...."

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

"Free taxis after 9:00pm. Free dinner after 8:00pm. Modern art work and exhibitions..."

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

"Why Simmons and Simmons? Give me an example of a time you had to work in a team or..."

"The firm has a dedicated environmental officer who seeks to reduce the Simmons carbon..."

"Very strong compared to other firms on diversity regarding women etc. Often ranked..."

"The work on offer very much varies from department to department. Currently I am..."

"Because I have more availability than trainees in other seats to get involved with..."

"Genuinely friendly and supportive colleagues. Competitive pay. Availability of secondments..."

"The high standards can sometimes make you feel pressured."

"I wanted to work in an international firm with a good reputation, but not a magic..."

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

"The modern art collection: we collect young, British artists before they have made..."

"Friendly, welcoming, interesting, arty."

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

"Better ethnic food in the staff restaurant."

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