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Simmons & Simmons

Insider reviews

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8.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 5 ratings in 2019)
"Challenging and well-rounded international law firm."
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...

"The best way to prepare is to brush up on your commercial awareness and your knowledge..."

"The firm has a great after-hours culture."

"We have regular training sessions."

"There is a formal mentorship programme at the firm for trainees but commitment differs..."

"Some offices that face the internal 'atrium' are lacking in natural light. The dress..."

"My hours have varied in different seats. The firm is good at telling you to go home..."

"The pay is very generous, especially when one considers a trainee solicitor's inexperience,..."

"I have been a few fancy client dinners which is great given that I am a trainee...."

"The process is now an online verbal reasoning test, written exercise, document exercise..."

"Why Simmons and Simmons? Give me an example of a time you had to work in a team or..."

"We could do more to tackle climate change as a firm."

"The firm seems to be well respected for diversity."

"I am on client secondment so my client interaction is excellent and I have a lot..."

"I have been involved in preparing a toolkit for Peace Brigades International to be..."

"High level of responsibility and interesting work. And the firm's collegiate atmosphere...."

"The pay isn't great compared to other similar firms and I've had inconsistent hours..."

"Simmons has an excellent reputation and the people who I met from the firm were great..."

"These have recently improved, which is a positive step."

"It's fairly well known, but we have a great art collection, with pieces by Damian..."

"Driven, friendly, ambitious, quality, acts with integrity."

"We have a pro bono scheme with local schools whereby we mentor students, offer financial..."

"I would like there to be more international secondment seats."

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