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8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 26 ratings in 2016)
"Innovative, committed and supportive."
8.8 / 10
Formal Training
8.1 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.1 / 10
7.8 / 10
7.8 / 10
9.1 / 10
Pro Bono
9.2 / 10


  • International expansion at the firm means that there are various opportunities for overseas placements.
  • The work on offer is top quality and has a broad scope. Trainees feel supported while undertaking it.
  • Social elements of the firm are strong with regular socialising both between teams and firm-wide.
  • Efforts towards diversity are notable – especially in terms of networks for women and LGBT staff members.


  • The high level of responsibility on offer can cause some trainees to feel under pressure.
  • There are unavoidable long hours in some departments, though the firm is flexible with them.
  • While most of the firm's offices have recently been updated, some are still undergoing this.
  • Retention rates have fallen since the firm's latest merger. These should hopefully pick up soon.

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"Pay is above the average for a trainee wage in Scotland so I'm pleased with that...."

"If you go abroad on secondment during your training contract your accommodation will..."

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"The firm is a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a firm commitment to supporting the LGBT..."

"We have a new scheme which aims to recognise and reward performance. I believe if..."

"It is reasonably good, I get involved on a lot of different matters. The work is..."

"There are a variety of pro bono opportunities at the firm, which all staff are encouraged..."

"Very friendly atmosphere. Really fun corporate social responsibility opportunities...."

"Some departments don't give trainees much responsibility. The current London office..."

"Blue-chip clients and friendly atmosphere. Amazing secondment opportunities."

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"We have bags of penny sweets on sale every pay day with the proceeds going to charity...."

"A busy and forward-thinking law firm."

"Bursary Scheme for the less financially fortunate, and other corporate social responsibility..."

"I never feel like I'm left on my own/can't talk to anyone if my work is piling up,..."

"Scrapping the compulsory corporate/banking seat requirement would be preferable to..."

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