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7.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 6 ratings in 2018)
"Professional and respected."
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...

"It was a simple process of sending in a covering letter and CV followed by interviews...."

"The teams are small which can mean working with the same people quite a lot. Most..."

"There are morning training sessions once a week on various practice areas."

"I have found that partners and senior associates are really approachable and great..."

"We have a lovely office a two minute walk from Chancery Lane Tube. It has a gym in..."

"If you are on a deal then you stay late if needed, but this is to be expected in..."

"The pay is great!"

"Taxis if you work late, subsidised dining room and the twice-weekly cake trolley...."

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

"I was mostly asked about my academic results, interests and ambitions. The interview..."

"There are recycling bins everywhere."

"The firm seems very committed to diversity with a strong female, ethnic minority..."

"There is such a high level of work given to us from a very early stage and this leads..."

"I haven't worked on any pro bono projects, but most other trainees have."

"Most, if not all, of the people at this firm (from the partners to the support staff)..."

"There is not much formal training on the UK-law side of things. That being said,..."

"The firm has a great reputation and I was interested in becoming part of the first..."

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

"We have a cake trolley that comes to each office every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon...."

"An excellent opportunity to learn and gain confidence in practising law."

"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..."

"Greater control over where we spend our seat abroad when possible."

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