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8.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 11 ratings in 2019)
"Friendly, supportive, encouraging and impressive."
9.5 / 10
Formal Training
8.4 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.1 / 10
8.7 / 10
7.1 / 10
8.8 / 10
Pro Bono
8.3 / 10


  • The firm is very sociable with a relaxed and friendly environment.
  • Trainees get a good amount of responsibility and client interaction from an early stage.
  • The work/life balance of trainees is treated with importance.
  • Very strong mentoring and detailed feedback is given regularly.


  • There’s relatively low remuneration compared to other firms.
  • Some trainees would like to have more secondment opportunities.
  • While the firm is flexible, some departments can have demanding hours.
  • Retention rates can vary a lot between departments.

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"Depends on workloads."

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