Get the inside buzz from graduates at Travers Smith LLP

8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 27 ratings in 2018)
"Big firm work with a small firm culture."
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..."

"Partners are extremely accessible and take an interest in trainees and their development...."

"The 'classroom'-based training by professional support lawyers, who are responsible..."

"The partners have generally been very good, although some of them are very difficult..."

"I actually quite like the office, although some people think they are not swish enough...."

"Not a 9 to 5 but no pressure to stay late to look good. If you are finished at 6:00pm,..."

"Pay is great. It's not quite at the level of an American firm, but then we don't..."

"There are music lessons, lunchtime music concerts, great corporate social responsibility..."

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

"Imagine I'm a client. Explain to me why Travers Smith would be better placed to do..."

"It could do more when it comes to recycling."

"The firm is extremely committed to diversifying the workforce in every way. Everyone..."

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

"I get meaningful work that is sometimes at the level that associates would do and..."

"The firm provides pro bono work in relation to domestic abuse victims, reading schemes..."

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

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

"I had attended the excellent vacation scheme, and very much liked the atmosphere..."

"The 100% rate of retention last year speaks for itself. People want to stay and the..."

"We have one of the nicest Christmas carol concerts in the City."

"Personable, independent, forward-thinking."

"Recruitment fairs put on for prospective trainees varies across a wide range of universities...."

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

"Introduce a 'bring your own device policy' so that I can use my own phone not a BlackBerry...."

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