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Gowling WLG

Survey results


If the firm were a fictional character it would be...

Aslan (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) – fierce, fair, and good-hearted

The verdict

The verdict

Admired for its impressive real estate practice and ‘strength in intellectual property law’, Gowling WLG is a firm that carries out ‘outstanding work’. Trainees work in ‘beautiful offices’ on ‘good quality work’ which they’re ‘accountable for progressing and managing’. What’s more is that ‘as part of a smaller intake there’s more opportunity to contribute and take on more responsibility’ – no wonder the firm is a Lex 100 Winner for job satisfaction and living up to expectations. Supervisors are said to be ‘excellent’ and ‘almost everyone at the firm has a sense of humour’. One respondent said that the best thing about the firm is its ‘fantastic ethos’, explaining that ‘the hours and work can sometimes be challenging, but the culture of the firm and the people that work here make it really enjoyable’. That the firm also ‘focuses on the individual’ pleased recruits, and they lauded the HR team who ‘listen to you and try to help create the right training contract experience for you’. Part of the training contract at Gowling involves international secondments, however, some recruits disliked that they were ‘limited to Dubai and China’. Also groaned about was remuneration which ‘as a trainee is good but not at qualified level’. ‘Several late nights at the office’ and ‘working for a patronising associate’ were difficult moments, but ‘meeting a very well-known client in the automotive sector’, ‘working on a deal worth half a billion pounds’ and ‘going to court to present a summary judgement hearing, winning the case, and being commended by the CEO as a result’ bettered their training experience. If you’d like to learn from some ‘excellent partners’, apply to Gowling WLG.