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Thomas Cooper LLP

Survey results


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

Captain Pugwash – largely a shipping firm, international, but still manages to be fun

The verdict

The verdict

Thomas Cooper’s ‘interesting areas of practice’ encompass a ‘focus on shipping law’ and a ‘specialism in banking and finance’. There is ‘lots of client contact’, the work on offer is ‘far more hands-on’ and trainees can expect to be ‘involved in cases very early on’. ‘Working on a mediation and arbitration’ was particularly exciting for one recruit. Many trainees were won over by the ‘positive vibe’ which radiated during the interview process. There is also a ‘much better work/life balance’ than at some comparable firms. Complaints centred mostly on the ‘slightly outdated and slow processes for document management and file opening’, the ‘basic facilities’ and the IT system. Due to the lack of paralegals, trainees are also expected to ‘do more clerical work’. We hope, however, that the ‘open and friendly culture’ where ‘everyone at all levels is keen to help with your training and share their experiences’ goes some way to make up for this. The ‘international opportunities during the training contract’ also kept trainees motivated. On the flip side, ‘a large administrative task of making repeated amendments to the same court bundles under very tight time restraints’ and ‘making a number of elementary mistakes on a disclosure task’ were singled out as worst moments. But if being given ‘responsibility and freedom’, ‘outstanding support’ and ‘good involvement in all aspects of matters’ appeals to you, take a closer look at Thomas Cooper.