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Minuses

2017

"It's quite a serious and work-driven office. There aren't as many bonding activities as at some other firms."
First year trainee, London
"Sometimes the hours can be pretty tough, but that comes with being a trainee at any city firm practising big law."
Second year trainee, London (currently seconded to Hong Kong)
"Some partners have less respect for a work/life balance than others."
First year trainee, London
"The feeling that no matter how much you've improved, there are still a million miles to go in the firm."
First year trainee, London
"The hours are long and tough at times."
First year trainee, London

2016

"The unpredictability of the hours making it harder to make social plans (although this is no different at any other corporate/international law firm)."
Second year trainee, London
"The document management system."
Second year trainee, London
"There is not much formal training on the UK-law side of things. That being said, a new initiative was started about this a couple of weeks ago and I am hoping it works out!"
First year trainee, London
"There is nowhere to hide because the trainee intake is small – although that can be a bonus too."
First year trainee, London
"The hours can be demanding but, having spoken to my friends at other law firms in the city, they are no worse than other large city law firms. Furthermore, as the tasks are interesting on complex deals, the work is never boring and so it rarely feels like time is dragging."
Second year trainee, Melbourne

2015

"The international nature of the work we do sometimes makes for odd working hours."
Second year trainee,
"The unpredictability of hours."
Second year trainee,
"The hours can be long at times, but this does not seem to be worse than any of the other firms working in similarly sized deals."
First year trainee,
"Sometimes there is a poor level of transparency from management."
First year trainee,

2014

"Very high expectations and pressure. Working hours are long."
First year trainee, London
"No control over time."
First year trainee, London
"Long hours."
First year trainee, London
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