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7.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 6 ratings in 2018)
"Market-leading while maintaining a strong atmosphere of teamwork and camaraderie."
6.8 / 10
Formal Training
7.0 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.5 / 10
6.2 / 10
9.2 / 10
7.3 / 10
Pro Bono
7.7 / 10


  • The salary and bonuses are high and seen as being at a higher level of pay than most firms.
  • Trainees, associates and partners all work and socialise together so the office hierarchy is very flat.
  • Retention rates have historically been excellent and this means trainees can focus on their studies rather than competition.
  • Both formal and informal training is of a high quality with plenty of time being dedicated to trainees.


  • While hours are seen as fair, they can get very long if there’s a lot of work to do.
  • Some feel that there are fewer socialising opportunities than at other firms.
  • There could be more transparency regarding seat selection and reviews.
  • The firm is so large that it can sometimes feel overwhelming.

What insiders say about...

"The application consists of a CV and cover letter to the HR team. This is followed..."

"The firm has a very flat structure, partly because deal teams are very small. Partners..."

"Training is very bespoke and specific to our needs. Partners and training team are..."

"This has been surprisingly good, even from very busy partners. Good work is acknowledged..."

"We're quite central at Chancery Lane. The office space is ample and very comfortable...."

"The hours can be quite long sometimes, especially when you get caught up in a deal..."

"On top of their salaries, trainees are given a percentage of the first year associate..."

"Trainees get a seat abroad during the training contract and there are frequent trainee..."

"The interview process initially involved submitting a cover letter and CV. The interview..."

"I was given a short M&A case study to read, which I then discussed with one of the..."

"There's not a great emphasis on sustainability."

"There are a few female associates, though most who go on maternity leave do not return..."

"I am given a significant degree of responsibility."

"Attended Lawyers in Schools, which was really fun, and hoping to attend a law clinic..."

"The level of responsibility you are given and the opportunity to take on as much..."

"Sometimes the hours can be pretty tough, but that comes with being a trainee at any..."

"The small size of the office and the large size of the deals played a big part in..."

"Our first NQs will be starting in September so we do not have a retention rate. However,..."

"The art on each floor is themed."

"A firm that works on some of the biggest deals in the market, but also has a great..."

"The firm does not have a type when recruiting candidates for the vacation schemes/training..."

"Stress is part of the nature of practice as a junior lawyer - there is almost never..."

"A few more associate- or partner-led training sessions would be highly useful."

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