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8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 46 ratings in 2016)
"Challenging, perfectionist, constantly seeking excellence."
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...

"No one type that the partners look for. Also a variety of partners interviewing,..."

"The trainees are friendly and get together regularly for lunch/drinks after work...."

"We have a very thorough training programme that covers legal skills and soft skills..."

"Personally, I think my supervisor (a junior-midlevel associate) is fantastic. He..."

"The office is light and bright (given it's in the middle of the City) and is reasonably..."

"The hours are fairly unpredictable and weekends aren't sacred - but I was aware of..."

"Salaries are good enough that we can't complain, but are clearly lower than at US..."

"Firm provides an excellent pension scheme. The discounted gym membership is great..."

"The interview was less formulaic than those at other Magic Circle firms - in some..."

"I had a verbal discussion about private investment in schools from commercial bodies...."

"Committed environmental team introducing systemic changes (eg recycling bins in every..."

"There are groups for women, ethnic minorities and LGBT professionals."

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

"I am usually given interesting work, which is often research based. I do some administrative..."

"Pro bono projects that are available include: law centre volunteering; GCSE tutoring;..."

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

"Occasional long hours (but nothing horrendous)."

"I like the way we engage with the community and the amount of corporate responsibility..."

"The firm regularly has one of - if not the highest - retention rates among major..."

"The firm offices were built on an old plague pit."

"Open-minded, creative and forward-thinking."

"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..."

"Allow people to resit the LPC."

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