Get the inside buzz from graduates at Travers Smith LLP

8.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 35 ratings in 2016)
"Independent law firm with distinctive personality."
9.0 / 10
Formal Training
8.3 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.6 / 10
7.5 / 10
8.5 / 10
8.3 / 10
Pro Bono
8.1 / 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 get work from and talk to associates and partners.


  • The training on offer could be a little more consistent from department to department.
  • Some felt that the IT and admin systems could benefit from being updated.
  • The qualification process is not as transparent as it could be.

What insiders say about...

"Be yourself! If you are not playing a role you will be more confident and the partners..."

"I was surprised at how approachable the partners are. This may have something to..."

"There is a two-week induction, followed by department specific seminars in the first..."

"Arguably the biggest reason to be a trainee at Travers Smith is the mentoring by..."

"The offices are nice, in a very good location in Farringdon - although it is a slight..."

"As a trainee you do not have much say over your hours. But, the people I have worked..."

"I think the pay is close to the top of the market for an English firm."

"The kitchen is full of free drinks and snacks after 6:00pm."

"A first round interview with a partner then a second round interview with two partners...."

"I was asked why I wanted to work in law, what attracted me to Travers Smith in particular..."

"We are continuing our effort to become paperless at Travers Smith."

"The firm is making a real effort to promote diversity. Everyone at the firm is encouraged..."

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

"Being in a relatively small intake of trainees means that there are plenty of opportunities..."

"There are a variety of pro bono opportunities here, and there is a focus on work..."

"The firm is small enough for an individual to make a significant difference, but..."

"Occasionally long hours, although you would expect that from a City firm."

"The culture, the reputation for quality work and looking after their staff, and an..."

"They are quite high. We choose trainees with the intention of keeping them on."

"We are based above a karaoke bar!"

"Independent law firm with distinctive personality."

"PRIME - gets students in to come and visit the firm who may not otherwise get to,..."

"It is by its nature a stressful job but again this is client driven so the firm can..."

"Improve some of the systems eg file opening forms. I understand a new system is currently..."

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