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8.3 / 10

(based on 12 ratings in 2019)

2019

"The Cambridge office is generally small but has recently been refurbished so it's all very new and modern, open-plan and with good client spaces. The firm also provides gluten-free Cherry Bakewells for client meetings, which is a nice touch. Repro facilities are all accessible and we have Nespresso machines in the office as well. We're well situated for links to the station but somewhat outside of the centre so it can be difficult if you need to pop out for lunch or run errands. The dress code is smart casual so there's no obligation to wear heels/jackets/ties. The firm operates dress-down Fridays on the last Friday of every month."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"The office is open-plan and the dress code is business casual with a dress-down day once per month for charity. Parking is limited and is only available for partners."
Second year trainee, Guildford, Surrey
"Our office is very spacious, the locations are good and we're very near to the town. The dress code is smart casual unless you have a client coming in."
First year trainee, Guildford
"The standards vary by office. The newer offices are very swanky and the older ones are slightly outdated. However, the older offices are due for a total revamp this year, which is very exciting. The offices are flexible and are designed so that people can hot-desk and work from different offices if they need to be in different places. Again, the dress code varies by office and by team. If you're in a team that is regularly client-facing, the team is likely to dress more smartly. I would say the regional offices are slightly more casual than the London office as we are less likely to have to run to court."
Second year trainee,
"I think the Oxford office is a nice space although, due to the way it is set up, you can go for a few days without seeing the people who work on the other side of the office. The dress code is smart but this is left open to interpretation, which is nice because it allows us to dress appropriately for different client meetings/events and also dress comfortably on office days."
Second year trainee, Oxford
"The offices are open-plan and spacious with large corner desks for everyone. My offices in particular are in a prime location, with Basingstoke being just five minutes from the shopping centre and Reading being next door to the station. The facilities are average, there is a free coffee machine but not much 'free' space to eat at, for example. The dress code at PMC is smart casual."
First year trainee, Basingstoke/Reading

2017

"It varies across the offices but parking is a big problem at my firm. The facilities are ok and our dress code is fairly relaxed if you are not going to court or client meetings. I always keep a smarter jacket and shoes at my desk for unexpected meetings."
Basingstoke
"The London office has a great location (three minutes' walk from St Paul's) but the lack of a canteen is a shame. The office is open-plan, which can be distracting but is a brilliant opportunity for trainees to learn from conversations around them. It also makes partners more approachable and encourages a friendly atmosphere. The dress code can depend on the team. Contentious teams tend to be more formal as they often go to court or to conferences with counsel. It is quite formal in general."
London
"There's a big discrepancy between locations. Regional offices are less modern and have less space for lunch breaks etc. Some are open-plan while others aren't so there's no uniformity about this."
"We have a nice, modern office located in central Guildford. Parking is limited though and for partners only."
Guildford
"The regional offices are too small considering the rate at which the firm is expanding. The offices can feel a little cramped and there is nowhere to 'break away'. The dress code is relaxed day to day but you are expected to dress relatively smartly."
Basingstoke
"The office I'm in is open-plan, which is good when you are learning as a trainee. The office is becoming a little cramped as the firm expands though. The technology is not great as computers are slow and the firm is definitely behind the times in this respect. That said, there are plans to upgrade soon."
London

2016

"The Oxford office is lovely with lots of space. The dress code is relaxed formal with a dress down day once a month for charity."
First year trainee, Oxford
"The new offices are great. The open-plan layout can be difficult to concentrate in, but it makes it easier to get to know people when you are new to a department and easier to approach partners for work."
First year trainee, London
"The location of the London office is great. There are a few building management issues, though, and things can take a while to be fixed. The dress code is smart but a suit is not necessary every day."
Second year trainee, London
"The office is well laid out, spacious, clean, tidy and modern. The dress code is business casual but smarter on days when seeing clients."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"The new offices are very nice. Situated a few steps from St Paul's cathedral, the location is particularly nice. The department floors are spacious, open-plan and each level has a large kitchen for sitting and preparing food. The office is open-plan and each trainee tends to sit near their supervising partner. Penningtons has a smart casual dress code but it is more on the smart side of casual, though this does vary from department to department. As a trainee in the private client department, I never know when I could be attending a client meeting so it is best to ensure I always have my jacket with me and look presentable."
First year trainee, London
"Due to the expanding nature of the firm, some offices start to feel cramped. Parking is also an issue if you need to drive into some offices."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"In the Oxford office, most trainees share an office with a partner. The dress code is smart business wear."
First year trainee, Oxford

2015

"The Oxford office is a little out of the way on an out-of-town business park, but the other offices are all extremely well-connected to public transport, and well-located in their respective cities/towns."
Second year trainee, Oxford
"The firm is currently moving a number of its offices to newly refurbished buildings. This will give us more space and facilities. A more efficient framework of support staff is also being employed. Furthermore, a number of the internal network facilities are being combined to create a more unilateral system. The dress code depends on the department, but you usually don't have to wear a tie except for when you have a meeting."
First year trainee, London
"Currently the London office is split. However, we are about to move to new offices, which will solve this issue, and they look fantastic."
Second year trainee, London
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