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8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 46 ratings in 2016)
"Outstanding, daunting, challenging."
Pros: 
  • Internal and external training are both extensive and well-organised.
  • There are no billable hours targets.
  • A collegiate atmosphere with good teamwork.
  • Very high retention rate.
Cons: 
  • Workloads can be unpredictable, making it difficult to know when late nights will be.
  • The firm has very high expectations, which can make trainees feel pressured.
  • May not be as sociable as other firms.
  • While the salary is very good, it is towards the bottom of the magic circle.
Culture
8.1 / 10
 
Formal Training
8.9 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
8.7 / 10
 
Hours
7.5 / 10
 
Salary
7.0 / 10
 
 
Diversity
6.7 / 10
 
Pro Bono
7.6 / 10
 
 

What insiders say about...

"Be yourself. If you don't know the answer to a question, don't pretend that you do...."

"Excellent, intellectually demanding, meritocratic, genuinely collegiate working culture...."

"Excellent training is given at the firm. External experts often deliver very useful..."

"We have regular reviews and access to partners to discuss any issues and feedback...."

"Great office, spacious and well designed with lots of little kitchen 'pods' dotted..."

"Hours are extremely variable and unpredictable but this comes with the job and we..."

"The pay is fair and comparable to my peers at other firms. Trainees currently get..."

"Free tickets to sporting events are very common and the option will come up most..."

"The interview itself is simple in its description but extremely challenging in its..."

"The interview mainly asked questions about my CV, extra-curricular activities and..."

"The firm makes significant efforts in terms of the environment including a commitment..."

"There is an active Diversity Partner who works hard at this. Ultimately - everything..."

"Beyond qualification, all solicitors are associates, theoretically equal in rank..."

"I have some client interaction but this is mainly via email. Responsibility usually..."

"A good range of pro bono work exists, and many lawyers participate enthusiastica..."

"Very intelligent colleagues, high-calibre work, interesting clients, international..."

"Incredibly long hours when the firm is busy, steep learning curve and very high expectations,..."

"Quality of work stemming from the impressive client-base."

"The majority of people who leave seem to do so for a higher salary. It depends what..."

"Only a maximum of five partners are permitted to be on a given airplane at the same..."

"An institution that strives to achieve excellence in all that it does."

"The firm works with organisations to help people from less privileged backgrounds..."

"I'm not particularly stressed as a trainee but I get the impression it gets more..."

"There should be more opportunities for international secondment."

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