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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Travers Smith LLP

8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 27 ratings in 2018)
"Travers Smith is an independent law firm with personality."
8.4 / 10
Formal Training
8.0 / 10
Offices & Dress
7.8 / 10
7.0 / 10
7.9 / 10
8.2 / 10
Pro Bono
8.0 / 10


  • The working environment is very positive within the firm thanks to the flat hierarchy and friendly colleagues.
  • There is historically high retention with effort made to find a place for all trainees.
  • The firm’s room-sharing system means that trainees are constantly able to get work from, and talk to, associates and partners.
  • Salaries are seen as being fair for the hours worked by trainees.


  • Some felt that the IT and admin systems could benefit from being updated.
  • Hours, training and the quality of work can vary greatly between departments.
  • The qualification process is not as transparent as it could be.
  • While hours are considered fair, they can still be unpredictable.

What insiders say about...

"For a training contract, there are two interviews. Travers Smith is known for asking..."

"The working culture was the immediate attraction when I was on my vacation scheme...."

"Training varies from department to department. I found that legal skills tended to..."

"The room-sharing system makes it much easier to ask questions of associates and partners...."

"The office has recently been refurbished. I like our location and it has good transport..."

"Can't pretend that the hours are great (esp. in corporate) but you're never working..."

"Pay is on a par with the rest of the top City firms."

"Cakes in the kitchens all the time!"

"It's a very difficult interview process, but that's the point. The partners are fussy;..."

"I was asked how I would act in different ethical/topical situations and to explain..."

"We are trying to go paperless, there are recycling bins in the kitchens. We are asked..."

"Committed to increasing the diversity of the firm."

"Partnership: an incredible number of hours and a huge sacrifice (just like all other..."

"The tasks I am given as a trainee are getting more advanced week by week and partners..."

"There is an array of pro bono projects at the firm, which are widely attended (and..."

"The corporate social responsibility programme is very supported and is growing. The..."

"The long hours and problems with the IT system."

"The people I met at open days."

"The firm only hire trainees that they think will be good enough to be associates:..."

"The name Travers Smith comes from one person, not two."

"Great work and interesting people."

"There are a number of schemes with links to other universities and the firm also..."

"It's a relaxed, professional environment - you are taught to be calm!"

"More opportunities to attend external training days relevant to the department you..."

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