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...

"Be prepared to think on your feet. Non-law grads shouldn't focus too much on learning..."

"The room sharing system ensures a flat hierarchy. Everyone is approachable. There..."

"The firm is focused very much on hands-on training where you learn on-the-job. Less..."

"Everyone is very accessible. Feedback and appraisals are great."

"Renovation works are to take place to our office space. The dress code is business..."

"I am in the pensions department, which has very stable hours compared to other departments..."

"I think that the salary is very generous. I could never possibly complain when I..."

"A free healthcare assessment with BUPA."

"It's a very difficult interview process, but that's the point. The partners are fussy;..."

"I don't remember the specifics but the questions were challenging and designed to..."

"The firm implements standard 'paperless policies' but this is not seen so much among..."

"We have a diversity week and various groups such as the Faith Resources Group and..."

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

"The partners here give you as much responsibility as you can handle. I speak to clients..."

"I've worked at Paddington Law Centre and been a part of a reading scheme that we..."

"There isn't a hierarchy. You can ask a partner a question without it being a big..."

"The qualification process lacks transparency. While retention rates are high, no..."

"The culture encouraged me to apply to the firm. I met trainees at a law fair at university..."

"Generally retention rates are very high - people who come to Travers Smith tend to..."

"The name 'Travers Smith' is derived not from two people, but one person alone - Joseph..."

"A great place to work."

"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."

"Open the snack room earlier, or close the canteen later."

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