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8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 6 ratings in 2017)
"An excellent opportunity to learn and gain confidence in practising law."
  • The salary and bonuses are high and seen as being at the level of high-paying US 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.
7.7 / 10
Formal Training
7.7 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.5 / 10
6.7 / 10
8.3 / 10
8.3 / 10
Pro Bono
8.2 / 10

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"I am given a significant degree of responsibility."

"We are encouraged to get involved in firm-sponsored pro bono work."

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"Excellent. They invest a lot in the people they recruit."

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"Professional and respected."

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"It would be amazing to have post-qualification leave."

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