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Travers Smith LLP

Insider reviews

Get the inside view from graduates at Travers Smith LLP

8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 12 ratings in 2019)
"Approachable people and high-quality work."
8.4 / 10
Formal Training
8.3 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.2 / 10
6.8 / 10
8.1 / 10
7.4 / 10
Pro Bono
7.6 / 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.
  • The firm is seen as being progressive in terms of diversity and environmental initiatives.


  • 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...

"I had one interview for a vacation scheme and was then offered a training contract..."

"A culture where personal life is respected but socialising with colleagues is encouraged..."

"You get very extensive training both at a departmental and firm-wide level. You are..."

"Partners are really accessible, I feel able to ask questions of them. People always..."

"We have a very relaxed dress code so jeans and trainers are acceptable if you aren't..."

"Hours are generally very flexible if needed, but can be unpredictable."

"Pay is great. It's not quite at the level of an American firm, but then we don't..."

"The partners are generally very generous with room lunches and completion lunches..."

"The interviews were challenging and focused on everyday issues rather than ones which..."

"No two interviews are the same. Instead of the usual recruitment jargon we discussed..."

"Initiatives are clearly in place in terms of reducing energy consumption."

"Although there are still relatively few women in the partnership, I do think that..."

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

"On a large transaction, trainees often correspond with junior and senior personnel..."

"Once a year we have a scheme for children from underprivileged backgrounds to experience..."

"Relaxed atmosphere, good people, freedom to choose the sort of work you want to be..."

"Sometimes communication could be better, but there has been a marked improvement..."

"Amazing vacation scheme with really friendly people."

"They're good, but the firm could be more transparent when it comes to who gets offered..."

"We are currently top of the Caledonian Road corporate five-aside football league...."

"A relaxed environment delivering quality legal services."

"There are a number of schemes with links to other universities and the firm also..."

"It's a relaxed, professional environment - you are taught to be calm!"

"More flexible working hours."

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