Get the inside buzz from graduates at Travers Smith LLP

8.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 21 ratings in 2017)
"Quality work, quality people, quality environment."
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...

"It's a very simple application process: cover letter and CV, one shorter interview..."

"There is a lot of social interaction amongst trainees, both work-related and oth..."

"I have attended a lot of training sessions and received a lot of one-to-one explanations...."

"Junior associates each have a senior associate mentor and most partners are appr..."

"The firm has recently been extensively refurbished and the new offices are excellent..."

"Given the pay that we receive and the nature of the work, I think the hours here..."

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

"I have been to some good events with clients including watching England v Argentina..."

"This was the most enjoyable interview process I had. There is no round with HR and..."

"Whether phone hacking is ever justified; whether companies should be forced to have..."

"We have an environmental awareness week and efforts can be seen to be made throughout..."

"The firm is not very diverse, but it recognises that and it seems efforts are under..."

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

"Work varies from department to department. In corporate and finance, expect to be..."

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

"People care about your personal development as a lawyer."

"The qualification process, in my opinion, is too opaque."

"Reputation for good training, relatively good salary and history of good clients..."

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

"The firm is split over two buildings."

"High-quality work with a great culture."

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

"A very high standard is expected at all times in respect of every piece of work."

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

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