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Travers Smith LLP

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Get the inside view from graduates at Travers Smith LLP

8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 27 ratings in 2018)
"A friendly, intelligent and driven firm."
8.4 / 10
Formal Training
8.0 / 10
Offices & Dress
7.8 / 10
7.0 / 10
7.9 / 10
8.2 / 10
Pro Bono
8.0 / 10


  • The working environment is very positive within the firm thanks to the flat hierarchy and friendly colleagues.
  • There is historically high retention with effort made to find a place for all trainees.
  • The firm’s room-sharing system means that trainees are constantly able to get work from, and talk to, associates and partners.
  • Salaries are seen as being fair for the hours worked by trainees.


  • Some felt that the IT and admin systems could benefit from being updated.
  • Hours, training and the quality of work can vary greatly between departments.
  • The qualification process is not as transparent as it could be.
  • While hours are considered fair, they can still be unpredictable.

What insiders say about...

"There are two interviews in the application process, and they are each with partners..."

"Regular team meetings ensure that everyone working on a case is on the same page...."

"There are lunchtime seminars and regular training sessions on core principles of..."

"Everyone takes the time to talk you through points and appraisals throughout your..."

"Our office is in a great location, next to Smithfield Market. Men wear suits but..."

"Partners and associates are very understanding, but the nature of the work means..."

"If you take the US firms aside, we are amongst the best paid trainees in the City..."

"We sometimes get free tickets to the Albert Hall. There are lunchtime music recitals..."

"Cover letter and CV, followed by first and second round interviews with partners...."

"The interviews are conducted by one or two partners. Mostly the interviews focus..."

"It could do more when it comes to recycling."

"The firm is extremely committed to diversifying the workforce in every way. Everyone..."

"Partnership is a real possibility here, that's what makes it stand out from other..."

"I have been given much more responsibility than I expected to get. Very steep learning..."

"The firm provides pro bono work in relation to domestic abuse victims, reading schemes..."

"The 'room-sharing' structure which fosters a close-knit, collegiate environment."

"It is occasionally distracting working in a room with three other people."

"The straightforward interview process, and the fact that the partners hire you directly..."

"Retention rates are reassuringly high."

"There was no merger between two individual firms called Travers and Smith. The name..."

"A friendly, intelligent and driven firm."

"In terms of social mobility the firm runs lots of outreach and mentoring programmes...."

"It is by its nature a stressful job but again this is client driven so the firm can..."

"Train associates on people management and appropriate delegation. This would help..."

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