How far has the firm lived up to your expectations?

FirmScore (/10)
Farrer & Co 9.26
Blaser Mills 9.24
Kingsley Napley LLP 9.16
Nockolds Solicitors 9.15
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 9.13
Foot Anstey 9.04
Osborne Clarke LLP 9.03
Michelmores LLP 8.97
Taylor Wessing LLP 8.97
Burges Salmon LLP 8.88
Cooley (UK) LLP 8.88
Forsters LLP 8.87
Cartmell Shepherd 8.80
Birketts LLP 8.77
Payne Hicks Beach 8.72
Covington & Burling LLP 8.72
Boyes Turner 8.72
Shoosmiths LLP 8.72
Arnold & Porter (UK) LLP 8.70
Eversheds 8.68

Law firms invest a great deal of time and money into attracting the best candidates, producing glossy brochures and snazzy websites to project their image. But does the picture painted equate to reality? On the whole, yes, particularly among the leading firms in this category.

Many of the trainees at long-established Farrer & Co chose the firm for its ‘top-class reputation’ and have not been disappointed, particularly in respect of quality of work, clients and training, while at Blaser Mills, trainees have found that the welcoming atmosphere and friendliness of staff permeates right through the firm. Trainees at Kingsley Napley describe a ‘friendly, inclusive atmosphere’ where ‘office doors are open, including those of the partners’, while those starting at Nockolds Solicitors have found ‘the glowing review given by current trainees’ has lived up to expectations.

Debevoise & Plimpton is a ‘very friendly firm, doing world-class work in some interesting areas’; Foot Anstey is ‘very aspirational and this came across in its marketing and graduate recruitment materials’; and Osborne Clarke ‘really does live up to everything it claimed to be - a very friendly firm, with big ambitions and really exciting work’. Promises of client contact, responsibility, ‘City-type work’ and work/life balance made by Michelmores ‘came across as something the firm had committed to rather than just being marketing and it has all been true’, says one trainee.

Taylor Wessing ‘prides itself on being an innovative, forward-thinking and efficient law firm which was appealing and is actually engrained in everyday life’, while at Burges Salmon ‘everyone I met was very 'human' and it has remained this way throughout’.