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2016

"The size of the firm: international but not magic circle or American. Also my positive experience on the vac scheme."
Second year trainee, London
"I attended an open day and vacation scheme, which confirmed for me that I wanted to apply for a training contract. The people I met at the early stages were approachable and down-to-earth, which was important to me."
First year trainee, London
"I really enjoyed my vacation scheme. I knew the firm would be a great cultural fit for me."
First year trainee, London
"The amount of pro bono work the firm does."
First year trainee, London
"The high-quality work and opportunity to train at a world-class firm, but with a more personable approach."
Second year trainee, London
"I met a few people from Simmons at the university law fair and really liked them. They seemed so genuine and interesting. That initially peaked my interest so I applied for an open day and consequently a vac scheme. By then I knew it was the right firm for me."
First year trainee, London
"The great working environment and culture we have here, which just makes work so much more enjoyable every day. I also liked the size of the firm. Not so large you get lost or end up with very low level work."
First year trainee, London
"It had a reputation for being friendly and now that I'm here, I can't emphasise how important working culture is. Day to day I feel valued and supported and never afraid to ask questions."
Second year trainee, Hong Kong
"It has a very high standing in a number of areas of interest to me, such as employment, IP and financial services. It also had a reputation for having a good office culture."
First year trainee, London

2015

"Having met the firm at a couple of law fairs, I genuinely found the people friendly and approachable and the firm's sector strategy and ambitions to grow in Asia attracted me to the firm. I also had no intentions of going to a Magic Circle firm, where I was worried about being drowned out in a sea of trainees. S&S has it right - a batch of 40 each year, generally split into two intakes of 25 and 15."
First year trainee, London
"I picked the firm based on its reputation for high level work."
First year trainee, London
"I applied to Simmons because of the atmosphere within the firm and the opportunity to complete an MBA which is on offer."
First year trainee, London
"I was attracted to the firm's international reach and their clear sector focus."
First year trainee, London
"I applied here because of the culture - there is not a huge difference between the departments and clients among the top firms, but there is a big difference in the culture. I wanted to work in a supportive environment where I would be able to learn and develop without the office politics."
Second year trainee, London
"I wanted to work in an international firm with a good reputation, but not a magic circle firm. I also wanted to train somewhere with a financial focus. Simmons' reputation for being nice and friendly was also enticing. The vac scheme was also very good."
First year trainee, London

2014

"I chose Simmons because of my great experience during the vacation scheme. I got involved with a lot of exciting litigation matters and I got along with all the associates really well."
First year trainee, London
"Their commitment to pro bono and corporate responsibility and I got the impression that they are a friendly and relatively relaxed firm but still successful."
First year trainee, London
"International law firm with a strong reputation, but also with a welcoming interview/selection process."
Second year trainee, London
"I had heard about the collaborative culture at Simmons, the high-profile clients and the pro bono credentials. Simmons is big enough to bring in the interesting work yet small enough that trainees are able to become involved in the substance of the matters."
Second year trainee, London
"Everyone is extremely supportive and seems to care. There is not the 'sharkish' nature that was experienced in some other firms. Also I really liked the direction Simmons was going at the time by identifying the sector focus (now a well established strategy) and the MBA which has really helped make me a better trainee."
First year trainee, London
Our 'Inside Buzz' reviews are the comments and views of recent graduate recruits, giving you a view of what it may be like to work for an organisation. Copyright of all TARGETjobs Inside Buzz material lies solely with GTI Media.
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