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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's an application form to start with, which is quite long with many questions..."

"There's a good culture in the office with lots of lunchtime events/talks organised..."

"Having six four-month long seats allows you to see a wide range of areas, interact..."

"I think that mentoring and informal training is really dependent on who you get to..."

"The top floor of the office contains client meeting rooms while the other two floors..."

"Working hours vary from department to department. Hours are very predictable and..."

"The salary is good, and as far as I know trainees do not receive bonuses."

"We get life assurance, a gym subsidy (£35 towards a gym of your choice), dental,..."

"I had two 90 minute interviews with two lawyers and a member of the graduate recruitment..."

"I was asked about what it was that made Orrick stand out against the other firms..."

"The firm is doing everything it can to be green."

"The firm has a dive-in day once a year that celebrates diversity and aims to make..."

"I work with a range of people across my department and am generally given a new challenge..."

"Orrick sets its lawyers a target of 20 pro bono hours per year that can count towards..."

"Very high-level work and an incredibly welcoming team."

"The hours can be quite long."

"A good sized US firm with a smaller intake but also big international presence."

"Historically, the firm are not the best with retention, but this all depends on the..."

"We only have four months in each seat, which enables us to sit in six different departments...."

"Friendly people, great work and lots of it!"

"There is a lot of pro bono work."

"I would like to have overseas secondments."

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