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The ‘small, intimate size’ of US firm Paul Hastings allows trainees to ‘take on greater responsibility and high-level work from the outset’. Recruits lauded the ‘great recruitment process’ which is ‘transparent and short, with only weeks between application and offer’. Although training is less formal and ‘more ad hoc’ than at some larger firms, this seemed to suit the current trainees to a tee. The ‘flat structure’ of the firm equates to excellent ‘visibility and partner exposure’ and supervisors are said to be ‘very approachable’. But the ‘lean structure’ also means that ‘when you’re super busy, you’re consistently working really long hours with little to no support’. As a result, ‘the work/life balance sometimes skews slightly more towards work’. It comes as no surprise then that some of the trainees’ main gripes were ‘staying until 4am’ and ‘long hours, different client time zones and necessary weekend work’. It is reassuring that ‘it usually balances out, though, with the normal peaks and troughs of a transactional environment’. The firm is a three-time Lex 100 Winner for its salary, inclusiveness and approachability of supervisors. Attending a ‘closing dinner for a big international funds client’ stood out to one trainee, as did ‘being involved in a multi-million dollar, headline litigation matter’ to another. Respondents felt a little frustrated at being divided over two offices but it was acknowledged that this will not be the case once the firm moves to new ‘elite roof premises at 100 Bishopsgate’ in the second half of 2019. There are fantastic opportunities to get involved in pro bono work, which is ‘heralded as important from a senior level’. If this sounds like a good fit for you, remember Paul Hastings.