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Latham & Watkins

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8.9 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 12 ratings in 2018)
"Driven, hard-working and innovative."
9.0 / 10
Formal Training
8.3 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.6 / 10
6.4 / 10
8.6 / 10
9.5 / 10
Pro Bono
9.7 / 10


  • The firm has a very positive culture with regular social interaction between trainees.
  • Remuneration is top of the market at trainee level and continues to improve following qualification.
  • Supervisors and mentors are always on hand to help their assigned trainees.
  • The quality of work and responsibility given to trainees is very high.


  • Hours can sometimes be unpredictable and long, making it hard to make plans after work.
  • The process around secondments could be more transparent and flexible.
  • There can be a lot of expectation placed on trainees.
  • The formal legal training in smaller departments leaves some room for improvement.

What insiders say about...

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"Monthly tea. Fantastic pro bono."

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"General awareness but we are a law firm so a lot of paper gets used."

"There are numerous committees focused on diversity issues with many initiatives promoting..."

"LW expects more from its trainees than other firms in the City, which has both positives..."

"Pro bono hours contribute to our target hours, which is a differentiating factor..."

"The people are incredible, and there is an open, friendly culture here. The high..."

"At times I have worked what I would think of as very long hours."

"International deals and opportunities encouraged me to apply here."

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"We have an iPad coffee machine. It's awesome."

"An ambitious, confident, yet relaxed firm."

"Improve the training at the start of each seat."

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