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Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP

Insider reviews

Get the inside view from graduates at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP

7.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 7 ratings in 2018)
"Friendly people, great work and lots of it!"
7.3 / 10
Formal Training
5.4 / 10
Offices & Dress
7.4 / 10
6.7 / 10
6.4 / 10
7.7 / 10
Pro Bono
8.3 / 10


  • Trainees are often given high-level work and are trusted with a variety of tasks.
  • While below those of some US firms, new qualifier salaries are above the Magic Circle level in the UK.
  • The small intake allows trainees to regularly work directly with partners and get given greater responsibility.
  • Regular informal training is provided by mentors throughout the training contract.


  • There may not be as much variety in departments as could be found at other firms.
  • Some trainees would have liked more firm-organised socialising.
  • Hours can be quite tough in some of the busier departments.
  • There could be more formal training provided across departments.

What insiders say about...

"There are two routes. One is the open day and then a second interview while the other..."

"Some departments are friendly and collegiate but others can be a little more competitive...."

"Training is good although I think the IT training was later than it should have been...."

"You are assigned a mentor, who I have found to be very supportive and helpful. We..."

"I think our offices are great. We have a prime location near St Paul's with excellent..."

"I'm on multiple deals that require my attention at the moment so I'm doing longer..."

"The pay is above average for a firm in the City so I am pleased. I am not familiar..."

"There's a good pension and other benefits including healthcare and good corporate..."

"I participated in an open day, followed by a final interview. The selection process..."

"What skills do you think you need to become a commercial solicitor? Why Orrick? Why..."

"Motion sensor lights are used in bathrooms and all our printers are set to double-sided..."

"We have a relatively diverse office (for the City). Recruitment policy perhaps inevitably..."

"I have a good amount of responsibility as well as being supervised to a good standard...."

"The firm aims for all lawyers to do a minimum of 20 hours of pro bono per year, this..."

"The London office is comparatively small and everyone knows each other - there is..."

"There's a lack of formal training in each seat rotation."

"I was a paralegal here for a year before I applied and I loved the work and the people...."

"Retention rates have not always been the best but offers were made to all trainees..."

"We incorporated a small company called Facebook."

"Fun, modern, friendly."

"There is a lot of pro bono work."

"A greater ability to work flexibly. Trainees are expected to be in the office and..."

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