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Dechert LLP

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Get the inside view from graduates at Dechert

8.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2018)
"Professional and innovative. A good place to work."
7.8 / 10
Formal Training
7.4 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.2 / 10
8.1 / 10
9.1 / 10
7.4 / 10
Pro Bono
9.7 / 10


  • Most of the firm’s departments offer interesting and substantive work to trainees.
  • The six-seat rotation system allows for a more varied experience.
  • Each trainee is able to get more personal attention as the intake is quite small.
  • The firm offers many opportunities for pro bono work to widen trainees’ experiences.


  • As with many law firms, there can be long and unpredictable hours.
  • While the firm offers overseas secondments, some feel there could be a wider variety.
  • There could be more transparency around seat moves.
  • Retention rates are noticeably lower than at similar firms.

What insiders say about...

"There's an interview, a written test and a tour/chat with a current trainee. Be friendly,..."

"The office is very friendly and there is a strong sense of a 'work hard, play hard'..."

"Various forms of training are available, from technical legal points to how to hold..."

"People are generally really approachable and all of my supervisors have taken training..."

"We have a subsidised canteen that has loads of different options and the food is..."

"It depends on the department and your supervisor. Some can be flexible, but others..."

"Bonuses are small but there's a very good basic salary for trainees and associates...."

"We get a grant for the legal practice course."

"I recall being asked a lot about my route into law, focusing on why I wanted to be..."

"There are recycling bins and lights have to get turned off."

"The firm's gender pay gap figures were pretty awful, but there seems to be a genuine..."

"I perform client-facing tasks and complex drafting."

"From million-pound looted art claims to DWP tribunal appeal representations, you..."

"International clients, lots of secondment opportunities, good seat choices and interesting..."

"Hours are occasionally unpredictable, much like any other job in the City."

"White collar and financial services are tier one departments and I was interested..."

"The retention rates are variable but have been poor more recently."

"All lawyers, including trainees, have to do 25 hours of pro bono work per year."

"A great variety of international work."

"Improve the rentention rates."

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