Get the inside buzz from graduates at Travers Smith LLP

8.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 21 ratings in 2017)
"Friendly and well-intentioned."
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...

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

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"Easy going dress code (i.e. no ties unless in meetings). Offices are fine but lack..."

"The firm is extremely flexible and allows you to work from home when required."

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

"I am a real part of the team and am not felt to be or presented to be 'less important'...."

"A reading scheme at a local school in Tower Hamlets, the 'business, enterprise and..."

"There is no micro-management here, and a sense of meritocracy."

"The hours, although these are no worse than any other City firm."

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"I understand that the firm aspires to keep everyone on, depending on trainee preference..."

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

"A friendly, intelligent and driven firm."

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

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

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

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