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8.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2019)
"Ambitious, friendly and respectful."
8.7 / 10
Formal Training
8.0 / 10
Offices & Dress
7.9 / 10
7.6 / 10
7.2 / 10
8.0 / 10
Pro Bono
5.1 / 10


  • The office building, location and layout are all seen as being very good by trainees.
  • There’s a very sociable atmosphere and the lack of billable hours targets stops things being too competitive.
  • Fair credit and recognition are given for work carried out by people at all levels in the firm.
  • Trainees are able to maintain a good work/life balance as they do not have to work unreasonable hours.


  • Some trainees would like more opportunities for flexible working.
  • While good feedback is given, some trainees would like for it to be more frequent.
  • The salary is seen as being at the lower end of the market.
  • Some would like more flexibility and input regarding their seat choices.

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