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Addleshaw Goddard

Trainees looking for a ‘friendly and inclusive culture’ with a solid and growing ‘regional reputation for excellence’ are drawn to Addleshaw Goddard. With a strong UK-wide reputation, particularly in the North of England and Scotland, the firm impresses trainees with its ‘international outlook, high quality of work, but ultimately approachable and down-to-earth people’. Addleshaw Goddard trainees see lots of quality work as well as ‘direct client contact’ resulting in a ‘hand-on experience’. Trainees ‘are given more opportunities, both in terms of legal work and soft skills development’. Current trainees praise the firm for its ‘flexible working, diversity and collaboration’ and ...

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is a Lex 100 Winner in 4 categories: Firm living up to expectations, Quality of work, Financial remuneration, International secondments
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a leading American firm with a strong international focus, has thrilled trainees with its excellent pay, care and consideration of its trainees’ development and friendly attitude. Trainees highlight that ‘the training is less formal, the opportunities to learn have been endless. There is also a lot more flexibility due to the smaller intake and decisions are made much more fluidly, dependent on interest and business need’. While its strength lies in its ‘tax and insolvency work that the firm is renowned for’, Akin Gump provides trainees excellent opportunity to work ‘on more matters ...

BDB Pitmans

BDB Pitmans combines the strengths of a specialist private client and property law firm with the ‘variety of work’ offered in the network of offices in London, Cambridge, Reading and Southampton. The result attracts trainees looking for a small intake and a firm with ‘approachability, reputation, work/life balance and quality of clients’ plus ‘the quality of work without the negative culture sometimes associated with larger firms’. Typifying the reputation of comparable firms within its circle, BDB Pitmans has a ‘friendly and open atmosphere’ but what sets it apart, trainees say, is the ‘variety of seats available’ and the ‘client ...

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP has a market-leading reputation for its public sector, heath and social care work across the UK, as well as a strong commercial practice. For trainees looking for the opportunity to train with a focus on the public sector Bevan Brittan is certainly a strong contender. Trainees highlight the firm’s ‘range of interesting and meaningful work’ and praise ‘the small intake size’ facilitating ‘more responsibility and exposure to clients, interesting work, less admin’. Some trainees had previous work experience at the firm, including as paralegals, and while this is not required it can be a good idea. ...

Birketts LLP

Birketts LLP is a Lex 100 Winner in 3 categories: Work/life balance, Vacation schemes, Confident of being kept on
One of East Anglia’s most successful law firms, Birketts LLP has benefitted from its considerable growth in the last decade to become a firm favourite with trainees outside London. Trainees looking for a ‘City-firm standard of work with regional firm work/life balance’ are attracted to Bricketts for its ‘reputation in the region’ and for ‘having a more relaxed atmosphere’. Birketts repeats its Lex 100 Winner awards for work/life balance as well as for trainee confidence in retention upon completion of the training contract. Both awards are testament to the firm’s well-deserved reputation for training and approachability. Trainees ...

Blaser Mills Law

Blaser Mills Law is a Lex 100 Winner in 1 category: Client contact
From locations in Buckinghamshire, including the market towns of High Wycombe, Amersham and others across the region, and a London office, Blaser Mills brings a client list and level of work to rival full-service London-based firms. Its strength across the South East is appreciated by its trainees who comment that its ‘location and reputation’ as well as the ‘quality of work’ drew them to the firm. Blaser Mills secures  Lex 100 Winner awards for the amount of trainee client contact and this quality is highly praised; one trainee remarked ‘I speak to clients over the phone, via email and meet with ...

Brabners LLP

North West powerhouse Brabners LLP continues to impress, building its reputation as a premier firm in the region and an excellent place to train. Retaining six Lex 100 Winner awards for job satisfaction, living up to trainee expectations, work/life balance, social life, inclusiveness and partner approachability, Brabners continues to be popular with the current cohort. Trainees applaud its excellent reputation and ‘its ability to compete with other firms that are international, despite being regional’ while retaining a ‘friendly and supportive culture with a good work/life balance’. Trainees praise the quality of the training where ‘individuality and difference mattered’ and ‘...

Bristows LLP

Bristows LLP is a Lex 100 Winner in 3 categories: Social life, Vacation schemes, Approachability
Bristows LLP, well known for its tech and IP expertise, is a strong contender for students looking to train at an elite City firm, focused on these specialisms with a broad business outlook, ambitious growth strategy and a small intake. The firm bags Lex 100 Winner awards for its social life, the quality of its vacation scheme, and the approachability of the partners. Its trainees commend the firm’s ‘reputation in IP, flexibility of seat rotations and friendliness on open days and at the interview stage’. Trainees also highly rate the training quality compared with competing firms, highlighting that there are ‘...

Burges Salmon

A Bristol favourite, Burges Salmon LLP continues to impress trainees looking for ‘the best mix of London work and Bristol lifestyle’. Trainees feel that ‘Burges Salmon provided the balance that I was looking for’ with the ability to ‘do top-quality work for impressive clients’. Trainees consider the firm to be one of the best in the region in providing a balance of impressive work with distinctive culture, saying that it offers ‘the best mix of quality of work, culture and location’. This confidence in the firm is reflected in the Lex 100 Winner survey, where Burges Salmon LLP bags medals for ...

Charles Russell Speechlys

Charles Russell Speechlys is a Lex 100 Winner in 1 category: Vacation schemes
Charles Russell Speechlys is highly regarded for its ‘very strong private client offering, strengthened by a corporate tax element’, and the firm also boasts a market-leading sports law practice. As trainees highlight, this work, ‘particularly in the sports regulatory field – stood out to me, along with the firm’s the intellectual property work’. The firm also stands out for its popularity with current trainees: ‘CRS provided the best overall experience from quality of work, quality of clients, learning environment to work/life balance. It’s an incredibly unique place to work due to the scope of work on offer’. With ...

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is a Lex 100 Winner in 1 category: Financial remuneration
American heavyweight Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP impresses trainees with its ‘diverse and collegiate atmosphere’ and ‘high-profile, cutting-edge work’. As a US firm, Cleary fits in with its peer group in some ways with ‘unpredictable hours’ and challenging work. But, as one trainee identifies, the firm ‘exceeds expectations in its working environment’, saying that ‘the work is frequently hard, as it should be, but it makes the hard weeks slightly easier when you have a supportive team’. The firm boasts a ‘highly inclusive culture, hardworking, driven and very friendly people, and high-profile, cutting-edge work’. The small intake size provides ...

Clifford Chance

At the ‘top of the market’ and described as the ‘most inclusive and diverse firm’ with the ‘best training and reputation’, Clifford Chance is a must on any prospective trainee’s list of elite City firms with global reach. A member of the Magic Circle, the firm’s reputation is one of ‘prestige’ with a ‘focus on exceptionalism’ through its high quality of work and ‘market-leading’ client base. Trainees highlight that ‘the firm works on some of the largest and most exciting deals which allows you to get involved with interesting work. It also offers remarkable training which really brings ...

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co is a growing City firm with impressive international reach, boasting a ‘Silver Circle-chasing’ calibre of work and prowess in the insurance field, all of which make it a highly attractive place to train. Popular with prospective trainees looking for a ‘global reach, insurance capabilities and early responsibility’ within the training contract, the firm’s sector focus, say respondents, make the firm’s training better than others. Clyde & Co’s ‘specialised industry focus means that you can tailor your training contract to your specific interests, whether that is shipping, aviation, construction or something else’. The training programme ...

CMS

CMS is a Lex 100 Winner in 1 category: International secondments
‘A growing and ambitious full-service firm’ with ‘atmosphere and global reach’, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang is a powerful international firm with over 40 offices worldwide. Trainees highly rate the firm’s ‘unique sector approach’ and its top-tier specialties in sectors such as energy, tech and media. CMS is a full-service firm with regional offices in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Bristol, Sheffield and two offices in London. Described as having ‘similar work opportunities to Magic/Silver circle plus international secondments and better work/life balance’, the firm scores highly among its trainees for the quality of its training and its working culture ...

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP is a Lex 100 Winner in 2 categories: Financial remuneration, Inclusiveness
‘International’ and ‘forward-looking’ Cooley (UK) LLP is a US-headquartered global firm with a strong tech focus and recent move the UK legal market. With ‘impressive international clientele and a very collegiate and supportive environment’, the firm is emerging as a favourite with trainees, particularly those looking for City-work with a small intake size and an ‘inclusive feel’. With its ‘fairly-flat hierarchy’ and ‘high levels of responsibility and high-quality work’, the firm’s training programme is rated very highly by current trainees. A respondent comments that ‘it sounds like my training is more comprehensive and that I get more involved in ...

Covington & Burling LLP

An American stalwart in London, Covington & Burling LLP has proved its strength and popularity with trainees with its haul of six Lex 100 Winner awards for overall job satisfaction, living up to expectations, quality of work, confidence of retention after the training contract, financial remuneration and international secondment opportunities. Trainees praise the firm’s ‘interesting work and clients, good salary, and reputation for being an intellectual firm’ plus its sector focus. It has an ‘exemplary reputation in the life sciences industry’ which sets it apart. Considered to be ‘just as good as the larger firms, but with a more personal ...

Cripps Pemberton Greenish LLP

Providing ‘both London-quality work and clients without having to be in London everyday’, Cripps Pemberton Greenish is a ‘a wide services firm away from the hustle and bustle of the City’. Based in Tunbridge Wells with a Chelsea office, Cripps is applauded for its ‘location, work/life balance and level of responsibility as a trainee’ with people at the firm described as being ‘generally pretty friendly and helpful which makes a real difference when the work itself can be quite stressful and the days are long’. Trainees rate the firm’s diverse seat offerings, quality of the client list and ...

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a Lex 100 Winner in 4 categories: Job satisfaction, Firm living up to expectations, Confident of being kept on, Financial remuneration
With an ‘unparalleled reputation in international arbitration and a strong funds practice’, Debevoise & Plimpton is an attractive option for recruits looking for ‘top-tier international work in a small office’. This year the firm secures Lex 100 Winner awards for overall job satisfaction, living up to expectations, trainee confidence in retention after the training contract and financial remuneration. Trainees highlight the pay as an ‘obvious draw’, commenting that the firm has ‘longer hours than some but bigger disputes to work on than most’ and ‘less administrative structure/red tape than some’. They praise the ‘quality of work generated by the arbitration ...

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP is a Lex 100 Winner in 2 categories: Job satisfaction, Vacation schemes
With international offices and a strong City reputation, Dechert attracts candidates looking for a ‘breadth of practice areas’ and ‘international presence’. Trainees compliment the firm’s training strategy which is helped by the small intake size as well as the six-seat rotation system enabling trainees to ‘have the opportunity to learn about more areas of law and take on more responsibility’. The training is described as ‘more hands-off,’ with ‘limited formal training’ and learning ‘very much on the job’ which is popular with trainees. Dechert secures Lex 100 Winner awards in two categories: overall job satisfaction and for the quality of ...

Farrer & Co LLP

Located in Lincoln’s Inn, with a longstanding presence in the private client and family sectors, Farrer & Co provides trainees with ‘a broader range of practice areas than most London firms (Corporate, Property, Litigation, Charities, Employment, Contentious Trusts, etc.) and a vastly more interesting client base’. Trainees love the ‘variety of departments within the firm which was a big draw’ as well as the ‘level of client contact’ and the ‘small and collegiate’ working environment. The firm uses a six-seat rotation system, commended by its trainees, who also appreciate its ‘location and the quality of training’. Trainee feelings are ...
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