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Addleshaw Goddard

For Addleshaw Goddard trainees, ‘the culture of the firm really stood out at interview – it seemed pragmatic and down-to-earth’. A ‘progressive outlook and a reputation for being forward-thinking’ also attracted recruits to the firm in droves.  With offices across the UK, AG is the ‘perfect mixture of a City and regional firm, whilst still offering some opportunities to work abroad and undertake top client secondments’. The happy medium of ‘high-quality work and deep involvement in matters with a good work/life balance’ goes some way in explaining the firm’s eight Lex 100 Winner medals. On a less positive note, trainees ...

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a Lex 100 Winner in 1 category: Financial remuneration
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld’s stellar reputation in funds, private equity and restructuring impressed recruits. A small trainee intake and lean teams equal ‘exposure to deals and clients early on’ and working with senior colleagues, including partners, is the norm. An appealing financial package has earned the US firm a Lex 100 Winner award. There is a ‘hands-on approach to training’ with ‘trainees treated as members of the team’ but the ‘right balance is struck between the expectation that we learn by doing and an acknowledgement that we will not know how to do everything first time’. This commitment ...

BDB Pitmans LLP

BDB Pitmans has a ‘range of specialist practice areas’ but it was the infrastructure, charities, corporate and public law teams which particularly attracted trainees. Recruits ‘felt comfortable and welcome from the first time I visited the office’ and appreciated that the ‘recruitment process is different from most firms’. An ‘open-door culture’, complete with ‘approachable partners and managers’ helps ‘foster learning and collaborative working’. ‘Not being able to meet colleagues face to face’ due to remote working has been difficult, but ‘the firm has made a big effort to be inclusive of trainees’ and has ‘sent home several treats’! BDB Pitmans ...

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP is a Lex 100 Winner in 1 category: Inclusiveness
Bevan Brittan has offices in Bristol, Leeds, Birmingham and London. The ‘opportunity to work for public sector clients’ and to undertake ‘meaningful work’ were two of the reasons that motivated trainees to apply. Respondents were ‘particularly drawn in by the culture of the firm’ and got a sense that they would be ‘valued as individuals and not lost among a horde of other trainees’. Recruits at Bevan Brittan are given ‘a lot of responsibility’ and ‘have plenty of support, as well as a good rapport with supervisors and other senior colleagues’. The firm is praised for its inclusiveness. Ordinarily, seat ...

Blaser Mills Law

Blaser Mills Law is a Lex 100 Winner in 2 categories: Client contact, Work/life balance
Buckinghamshire’s Blaser Mills is an ‘ambitious, commercially-driven firm’ perfect for those looking to avoid the ‘London commute and the cut-throat working practices of the City’.  Some respondents had previously worked at Blaser Mills as paralegals and knew that they ‘wanted to be part of this fast-growing, progressive firm’. The ‘ability to undertake seats in many different areas’ was attractive to trainees, as were the work/life balance and client contact – two categories in which the firm has earned Lex 100 Winner awards. Elaborating on work/life balance, respondents explained that ‘it is unusual to leave the office after 6pm’. Thanks ...


Brabners LLP

Brabners is a ‘fiercely independent law firm, rooted in its region, and has a strong tradition of being a commercial partner to its clients’. With offices in Manchester, Liverpool and Preston, it seems there is very little the North West firm can’t do. Six Lex 100 Winner medals have been awarded to Brabners this year. The ‘prioritisation of a work/life balance’ and a ‘positive, inclusive culture’ where ‘staff are genuinely heard and valued’ are but some of the reasons for this feat. There is a ‘family feel’ at the firm, with ‘no real hierarchy; everyone is approachable, including senior ...

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP is a Lex 100 Winner in 2 categories: Job satisfaction, Confident of being kept on
Burges Salmon ‘offers some of the best training in Bristol’. For the South West firm’s trainees, the prospect of ‘high-quality, varied work and good pay whilst generally retaining a work/life balance’ was just too good to ignore. Two Lex 100 Winner medals have been awarded to Burges Salmon for job satisfaction and, thanks to the ‘consistently high retention rates’, for confidence of being kept on. Recruits appreciate that the firm ‘takes a genuine interest in its trainees’ and champions an open-door policy, where ‘people make time for you; they want to get to know you and are more than ...
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