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8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 20 ratings in 2018)
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..."

"Everyone is lovely within the office and partners are very approachable and pleasant..."

"The firm takes training very seriously and both trainees and associates can expect..."

"Feedback tends to be limited to formal processes. Generally, the approach to take..."

"The dress code is less formal than I was expecting – not wearing a tie is acceptable...."

"The firm is usually quite flexible. I have been very pleasantly surprised. If you..."

"It's lovely to get a trainee bonus. Pay is in line with the market, though could..."

"There are many perks including a gym membership and free dinners after 7.00 pm. The..."

"The recruitment process is competitive. However, the application process is very..."

"I had a debate on whether the voting age should be lowered to 16. I discussed where..."

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

"Things are definitely improving. More and more associates are now taking maternity..."

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

"I have been given a fair bit of responsibility and due to our multi-specialist approach,..."

"There are some pro bono initiatives. I volunteer at the Islington Law Centre but..."

"Support staff - skill, availability, friendliness."

"The policy that 'no news is good news' means that feedback can be hard to come by,..."

"I was attracted to the firm's holistic, old school approach to law and its multi-disciplinary..."

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

"We have a jukebox in the canteen that was given to the firm by a past client."

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

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

"Expectations are high but you are never left feeling exposed."

"I think there should be fewer trainees sitting with partners and more sitting with..."

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