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9.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 12 ratings in 2017)
"An innovative, friendly and growing firm."
9.8 / 10
Formal Training
9.1 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.3 / 10
8.3 / 10
8.5 / 10
8.8 / 10
Pro Bono
7.8 / 10


  • The firm has a very strong sense of teamwork and a friendly culture.
  • Trainees felt that the work they were given regularly improved in line with their ability.
  • There is currently a firm-wide drive to improve diversity and support at all levels.
  • Agile working is available for people at all levels, meaning it is easier to maintain a good work/life balance.


  • The London office can feel cramped without a large enough canteen or break-out areas.
  • Some trainees felt that not all offices were paid equally well.
  • While secondments are provided, some wanted an increase in number.
  • There can be competition for qualification seats in popular departments.

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