Get the inside buzz from graduates at Travers Smith LLP

8.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 21 ratings in 2017)
"Traditional, collegiate and friendly."
9.0 / 10
Formal Training
8.2 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.5 / 10
7.5 / 10
8.1 / 10
8.4 / 10
Pro Bono
8.5 / 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...

"Yo need to send a CV and a covering letter followed by one or two partner interviews...."

"A culture where personal life is respected but socialising with colleagues is encouraged..."

"I have been in two advisory seats so far, and there has been a fairly large amount..."

"People at all levels of the firm are approachable and try to get trainees involved..."

"Our office is in a quality location with new and high-spec offices. We also have..."

"Hours have been fine - you expect to work some late nights. The unpredictability..."

"Pay is at the top of the spectrum if you exclude American firms. Given the hours..."

"All trainees are given monogrammed briefcases at their first Christmas party."

"Questions that encourage you to take a point of view and back up your argument with..."

"During my interview for the vacation scheme, the questions were not the typical questions...."

"The firm has good recycling policies."

"There are several diversity groups to address the problems with diversity, but the..."

"Partnership is a real possibility here, that's what makes it stand out from other..."

"I get given interesting work as a trainee and get to take on important roles in deals...."

"There are lots of opportunities to take part in pro bono projects at Travers Smith,..."

"The firm has a great culture and a very supportive atmosphere. The partners and associates..."

"In certain departments trainees can end up doing fairly admin-heavy tasks (eg bundling)..."

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

"The firm has very good retention rates. Many of the partners trained initially with..."

"Trainees may have the opportunity to work in the Paris office."

"Traditional, collegiate and friendly."

"Graduate recruitment do regularly hold events for ethnic minority students who are..."

"Can be hard work, and work/life balance can suffer if working on a large transaction...."

"Trainees should be openly asked at reviews to comment on their supervisors and associates..."

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