How far has the firm lived up to your expectations?

FirmScore (/100)
Kingsley Napley LLP 93.5
Mills & Reeve 92.7
Muckle LLP 91.7
Brabners LLP 90.3
Birketts LLP 90.1
Taylor Wessing LLP 89.8
Withers LLP 89.7
Bristows LLP 89.6
Osborne Clarke LLP 89.1
Blaser Mills Law 89.1
TLT LLP 88.5
Bevan Brittan LLP 88.2
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP 87.9
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP 87.8
Crown Prosecution Service 87.6
Gowling WLG 87.0
Leigh Day 86.9
Woodfines LLP 86.8
Farrer & Co 86.8
Thrings LLP 86.7

It’s disheartening for your expectations to be unfulfilled, especially when it’s something you’ve been working towards for a considerable amount of time, so it’s good to know that these law firms are getting it right. Trainees at Lex 100 Winner firms like Kingsley Napley were pleased that when they joined the firm their expectation of ‘a hands-on experience’ and ‘client contact’ was met. Mills & Reeve trainees ‘heard that the firm was down to earth with great quality work and an excellent work/life balance’ and they found that the firm delivered on all counts. Brabners’ ‘excellent reputation for good quality corporate and commercial work’ was confirmed as trainees took part in ‘complex conspiracy cases’. Trainees at Birketts were pleased to find that the atmosphere at the office was ‘supportive’, and at Blaser Mills the firm’s pragmatic approach to training was shown to be true as recruits ‘engaged in meaningful work rather than abstract tasks or endless research’. Those who applied to Taylor Wessing for its ‘IP focus’ weren’t disappointed as they were ‘involved in trademark infringement cases for famous brands’. Likewise, Bristows’ recruits were content with the firm’s ‘big-name tech clients and expertise in IP’. Upon joining Osborne Clarke, trainees’ expectation of a ‘modern and forward-thinking’ firm was validated as they experienced the firm’s ‘growing international presence’ and shedding of ‘hierarchical’ ways of working. These Lex 100 Winner firms definitely practice what they preach.