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Insider reviews

Get the inside view from graduates at Burges Salmon LLP

7.9 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2019)
"Friendly, understated, excellent."
8.3 / 10
Formal Training
8.8 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.0 / 10
6.9 / 10
5.8 / 10
7.1 / 10
Pro Bono
5.5 / 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 high.
  • There are many initiatives and incentives in place to help the firm be environmentally friendly with a low carbon footprint.


  • Some trainees feel their pay is not as competitive as it used to be.
  • There isn’t as much transparency around seat allocations 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...

"I did the vacation scheme so I believe there was an online form, an assessment day..."

"Burges Salmon encourages staff to have a life outside of work. Everyone respects..."

"Formal training programmes are well thought out and comprehensive. We are encouraged..."

"There's great informal support and people always have time for you. A feedback culture..."

"It's a lovely office, although a bit lovelier if you have a waterside facing office...."

"My hours are great. We compete with City firms for the same work, but we somehow..."

"Pay is good for trainees, but on qualification drops down significantly in comparison..."

"Excellent cake. There is even a cake trolley that brings cake to each floor on a..."

"I did a straight training contract process. This consisted of an assessment day (group..."

"Why Bristol? What recent news story has caught your eye and why? What is our competition..."

"Our green week is a big deal and we get discounts when buying reusable coffee cups..."

"The firm does have very few woman partners or ethnic minorities who work here, however,..."

"In my experience, second year trainees are treated as though they are NQs in terms..."

"There are lots of corporate social responsibility opportunities and engagement in..."

"The culture and buzz – there's always something to look forward to in the social..."

"The new qualifier salary is lower than similar firms despite the trainee salary being..."

"The culture of the firm during the vacation scheme."

"Generally, the retention rates are very good."

"Supposedly, our salmon pink letterhead paper pre-dates the firm's current name."

"Driven, but friendly and fair."

"Quite a bit of community work - we invite children from local schools in to experience..."

"Better supervisor training and guidance for more consistent standards against which..."

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