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Simmons & Simmons

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Get the inside view from graduates at Simmons & Simmons

8.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 5 ratings in 2019)
"The most underrated firm in the City."
Culture
9.0 / 10
 
Formal Training
7.3 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
7.5 / 10
 
Hours
7.0 / 10
 
Salary
5.8 / 10
 
 
Diversity
8.3 / 10
 
Pro Bono
9.4 / 10
 
 

Pros

  • The culture at the firm is friendly and collegiate at all levels.
  • Senior lawyers are happy to explain things to trainees and aid in their development.
  • The formal training on offer covers a wide range of topics and is seen as being very valuable.
  • There’s a very strong focus on pro bono work with interesting projects on offer.

Cons

  • The firm does not offer as many international secondments as some would like.
  • Some would like more social events to be organised by trainees.
  • The office is in a good location, but could be updated.
  • The salary is seen as being fair, but not particularly competitive.

What insiders say about...

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"The pay is very competitive in comparison to other Bristol firms but we are paid..."

"The drinks trolley in the litigation department every other Friday is a highlight...."

"The firm has high standards. However, I found the interviews interesting and the..."

"Various competency-based questions: teamwork, dealing with difficult situations etc...."

"There are a lot of posters everywhere, but it's understood that lawyers need to print...."

"LGBT and straight allies networks are particularly active and flexible working (especially..."

"My day-to-day responsibilities include amending prospectuses, drafting board minutes,..."

"I have been involved with an international legal pro bono matter in Columbia. A pro..."

"The culture - everyone at the firm is driven for success but the competitiveness..."

"The number of international secondments."

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"I was impressed by the qualification process in comparison to many other firms. The..."

"Our canteen is covered with Damien Hirst artwork."

"Challenging and well-rounded international law firm."

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"More flexibility on seat choice 'umbrellas'."

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