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8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 20 ratings in 2018)
"Intense and fast-paced."
8.6 / 10
Formal Training
9.1 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.7 / 10
7.4 / 10
8.0 / 10
7.3 / 10
Pro Bono
7.0 / 10


  • Both the internal and external training on offer is extensive and well organised.
  • There’s a collegiate atmosphere with good teamwork at the firm.
  • Retention rates are consistently very high and trainees are confident in their ability to remain at the firm.
  • The lack of billable hours targets is very popular among trainees.


  • Workloads can be unpredictable, which means hours can vary greatly.
  • The firm has very high expectations, which can make trainees feel pressured.
  • While the salary is very good, it is towards the lower end of the magic circle.
  • Some trainees would like more frequent feedback.

What insiders say about...

"I can assure you that partners read your CV and covering letter very carefully before..."

"The culture at the firm is fairly work-focused. If you are finished, you are expected..."

"Excellent - plenty of training on lots of different subjects. From organised, compulsory..."

"You get feedback twice in a seat, which is alright. Some seniors are more open than..."

"Offices are nice although a bit low key. Facilities are good but some things are..."

"If there is a large deal on, hours are longer. I find it tough not having any control..."

"It's standard for the trainee level but could be higher at the associate level to..."

"Interest free loan before starting is a big plus."

"It was quite straightforward. You send in your CV and cover letter. At the interview,..."

"What made me choose to take part in a gardening/allotment society at university...."

"Recyclable bamboo cups have been distributed to everyone and the cafe now only gives..."

"The firm is really trying to push for diversity. However, it is still ultimately..."

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

"Trainee work varies from interesting research and drafting to some less exciting..."

"Interviewing candidates for a social mobility work experience programme. Helping..."

"Some great people, opportunities to do headline work."

"Hierarchical - what we say to someone on our level can't necessarily be said to someone..."

"High quality clients, interesting (and challenging) work, high trainee retention..."

"It is good that the firm is committed to keeping everyone on if possible. Some people..."

"There is a weird and wonderful system of lift etiquette. NEVER press the button to..."

"Quality work, collegiate atmosphere."

"Social mobility is difficult to address - not everyone attended public/private school,..."

"It has its moments - I've only cried once! Seriously though - there are days that..."

"The firm should employ more paralegals so that trainees can do more challenging work..."

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