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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)
"Collegiate, bright, sociable."
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...

"Academically proficient, well-rounded and confident individuals. Expect challenging..."

"The culture here is one of the best things about the firm. The room-sharing system..."

"The fact that you are encouraged to get stuck into transactions is the best form..."

"Partners are really accessible, I feel able to ask questions of them. People always..."

"The firm has recently invested heavily in refurbishing the entire office space (which..."

"The hours are usually long, although the general position is that when you're quiet,..."

"The salary is competitive here, and there is a bonus."

"Allowances and consideration given for personal circumstances. All the other usual..."

"The interviews were challenging and focused on everyday issues rather than ones which..."

"In my interview I was not asked any of the typical competency based questions. Instead..."

"Certain departments operate paper-free policies. Although this is not a firm-wide..."

"This has been a weakness historically but there is a real sense that things have..."

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

"The work is quite varied and, especially in the transactional departments, you often..."

"The firm has recently recruited a CSR manager to oversee and expand the firm's CSR..."

"Supportive, friendly environment; exposure to good quality work."

"The building could do with a bit of a spruce-up."

"I did three vacation schemes: one at the Leeds office of a global firm, one at Travers..."

"Retention rates are very high. People are generally confident of qualifying if they..."

"One of the partners also teaches Zumba classes at a surprisingly large gym in the..."

"Collaborative, modern and friendly."

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

"You get stressed at stressful times - which often surround deadlines. As a lawyer..."

"I would have liked the chance to go abroad for a couple of months."

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