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Burges Salmon LLP

Insider reviews

Get the inside view from graduates at Burges Salmon LLP

8.1 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 20 ratings in 2018)
"An exciting place to work where trainees' ideas are welcomed...."
8.3 / 10
Formal Training
8.8 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.2 / 10
6.8 / 10
6.7 / 10
7.2 / 10
Pro Bono
6.6 / 10


  • Trainees have genuine responsibility, receive good contact with clients and are actively involved in the firm's work.
  • The general ethos and culture of the firm are very collaborative and friendly, and socialising is encouraged.
  • The retention rate for trainees has historically been exceptionally high.
  • There are many initiatives and incentives in place to help the firm be environmentally friendly with a low carbon footprint.


  • Many trainees feel their pay is not as competitive as it used to be.
  • There aren’t as many options for flexible working as many trainees would like.
  • More secondment opportunities would be appreciated.
  • The firm has an evident commitment to diversity but this area still needs improvement.

What insiders say about...

"Each person will do an assessment day (interview, Watson Glaser test and a group..."

"The firm adopts a collaborative culture and everyone is very friendly. We operate..."

"There is a lot of support throughout the training contract as you are sat in the..."

"Every trainee has a supervisor, a 'people team' contact and a buddy. This is really..."

"Burges Salmon provides good facilities. My only complaint would be that the inside..."

"Hours vary between departments. They are not quite at London levels, however they..."

"I personally think I am paid very well for what I do and I am happy with that. I..."

"Lots of social expenses can be reclaimed, including cinema tickets and sports fees...."

"Online tests, vacation scheme application form, vacation scheme assessment centre,..."

"I was asked questions that tested my understanding of how the firm worked as a business..."

"There is a sustainable committee that works towards reducing the firm's carbon footprint...."

"The firm is really pushing its diversity and inclusion commitment and there's been..."

"I have been made to feel like a valued member of the team, and been given responsibility..."

"We get two volunteer days per year (team and individual) that we are encouraged to..."

"The people - practically everyone is straightforwardly friendly, generous with their..."

"Unpredictable hours and variation in hours between departments."

"Reputation in Bristol, type of work, competitor with London firms but benefit of..."

"The retention rates at my firm are usually near 100%. I am very confident that I..."

"We have an ever growing collection of fibre-glass animals created as part of charity..."

"Supportive, collaborative and ambitious."

"The firm does seem to attract a range of applicants, both in terms of personality,..."

"A more transparent process in seat allocation and secondment allocation."

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