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7.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2017)
"Ambitious and inspiring."
Culture
8.6 / 10
 
Formal Training
7.3 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
7.6 / 10
 
Hours
7.6 / 10
 
Salary
7.8 / 10
 
 
Diversity
8.6 / 10
 
Pro Bono
8.9 / 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.
  • A wide range of benefits are offered including a gym subsidy and starter loan.

Cons

  • The firm does not offer as many international secondments as some would like.
  • Though it’s relaxing, the hierarchy at the firm can still be quite rigid at times.
  • There could be more transparency in the seat allocation process.
  • Hours can be very long across all offices.

What insiders say about...

"Ensure you know what the firm is looking for in its trainees. Learning examples of..."

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

"There is trainee specific training in a three-week induction before starting your..."

"Senior staff in particular are very good at mentorship and there is a very good mentor..."

"On the whole people dress well and smartly. We have casual Fridays."

"In my current department, people generally don't leave before 8:00pm, but that's..."

"At present, (June 2015), I would say the pay is slightly below the market but I have..."

"The gym subsidy and cycle to work scheme are the benefits I appreciate most."

"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?..."

"There are schemes in place, although I can't say much about what they entail or how..."

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

"You are given a good degree of responsibility in corporate but support is always..."

"Our senior partner's pet project is the Battersea Legal Advice Clinic, so there is..."

"The culture - everyone at the firm is driven for success but the competitiveness..."

"Work/life balance - but this is a fact of working in a City law firm rather than..."

"The solid reputation. I wanted a firm headquartered in a UK city because I wanted..."

"The last September retention rate was extraordinarily high (98%) which is comforting...."

"You get retro biscuits (Wagon Wheels and Tunnock's caramel etc) at afternoon mee..."

"A highly respected and international law firm with an impressive client base."

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

"Either remove the grading system or apply it more consistently across the firm."

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