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Insider reviews

Get the inside view from graduates at Cooley (UK) LLP

8.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 5 ratings in 2019)
"Refreshing, honest and kind."
9.1 / 10
Formal Training
7.3 / 10
Offices & Dress
7.6 / 10
7.3 / 10
9.7 / 10
8.1 / 10
Pro Bono
8.9 / 10


  • The office has a friendly atmosphere that encourages trainee development.
  • As there is a small intake, trainees are able to take on high levels of responsibility early on.
  • The trainee salary and associate bonus scheme are both seen as being very good for the industry.
  • Trainees are confident of retention as the rates are consistently high.


  • Some would like more transparency about what jobs are available on qualification.
  • The high levels of responsibility offered could be seen as daunting by some.
  • While there is flexibility and leniency, hours can still be long.
  • There could be a wider range of seats to choose from.

What insiders say about...

"There is an assessment day involving individual tests, a group exercise and a partner..."

"There is a lot of cooperation between departments and junior members are encouraged..."

"There's a fairly broad range of seats and you get a lot of responsibility, so you..."

"Associates are generally more than happy to share experiences and insights, making..."

"The location is great and right next to Liverpool Street station. The office space..."

"I found the hours to be relatively long, but there is no expectation to stay late..."

"Pay at Cooley is very competitive. Trainees are eligible for the bonus scheme."

"Client-entertaining box at the O2, cake trolley Thursdays, Friday afternoon ice creams..."

"I was asked about current events. I had a question about a situation where I had..."

"I am not really sure what the firm does in this area."

"The firm is praised for its women's initiatives and we participate in a lot of events..."

"Having compared it to other firms' trainees, I believe I have more responsibilities..."

"Pro bono work runs alongside other matters and is seen as equally important."

"You can get high levels of responsibility."

"The lack of formal structure around the training contract."

"Cooley had a broad array of practice areas and was small but powerful and really..."

"The retention rate is really good."

"Cooley works with companies from start-ups to the biggest name clients. Every single..."

"High quality, accessible and always commercial."

"Be clearer about what jobs are available on qualification."

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