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8.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2018)
"International, friendly and hard-working."
8.6 / 10
Formal Training
8.5 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.0 / 10
7.8 / 10
7.6 / 10
8.6 / 10
Pro Bono
8.4 / 10


  • The firm does not have a strong feeling of hierarchy and associates and partners are usually approachable.
  • There is frequent training of a high standard and the professional skills course is spread out to stop it feeling overwhelming
  • Most departments are understanding with hours to help trainees achieve a good work/life balance.
  • Trainees are given a wide variety of responsibilities early on with helpful guidance on their tasks.


  • The salary is not seen as particularly competitive by some and there are no bonuses for trainees.
  • There could be more transparency around seat choices.
  • While hours can be flexible, they are often long and unpredictable too.
  • The café closes early so getting food when working late can be inconvenient.

What insiders say about...

"Be very familiar with your presentation so you can relax whilst giving it off the..."

"The firm has a genuine 'open-door' policy and people are generally very friendly...."

"Prior to joining the firm, we were invited to attend presentations focusing on different..."

"All the lawyers are approachable and enthusiastic to help. Feedback and appreciation..."

"Relatively formal dress code, men always in suits (some no tie) woman more formal..."

"Nobody gets into law expecting a 9.00 am to 5.00 pm job. Hours will vary, but the..."

"I think the pay here is in line with market standards and comparative to our peer..."

"Lots of free tickets to events - raffle to the Royal Albert Hall, football matches,..."

"There are only eight places per intake and two intakes per year. Three vacation schemes..."

"They were interested in my previous work experience and how I thought that experience..."

"There are recycling bins and the firm recently switched from plastic to metal cutlery..."

"Good benefits for people with families. There a lot of high-powered senior women..."

"I am given plenty to do, being challenged to get it done to deadlines and I am being..."

"I raced in the Men's Health Survival of the Fittest for the Bromley By Bow Centre...."

"The people, the nature of the work, the responsibility you are given."

"There are occasional late nights in some practice groups."

"I was attracted to the small size of the trainee intakes and the friendly atmosphere,..."

"As far as I'm aware, very, very few people are not retained at the firm during qualification...."

"The CEO is a woman."

"There should also be a bonus system in place for trainees."

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