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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys’ ‘strong private client outfit’ continues to be a draw for lawyers to be. The firm’s ‘outstanding family team’, ‘private wealth disputes work’ and ‘specialisms in sports regulatory and intellectual property’ were also big enticements. That CRS is ‘focused on still being approachable and friendly’ did not go unnoticed by trainees, who appreciate working with colleagues who ‘stem from a variety of backgrounds and experiences but are united in delivering the best service to clients and providing the best support for each other’. What’s more, ‘having a good work/life balance is actively encouraged by partners ...

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is a Lex 100 Winner in 1 category: International secondments
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton ‘operates at the top of the market in all its key practice areas’. The US firm’s reputation for ‘sovereign and public institution-related work’, as well as ‘strong contentious prowess’ make it an attractive place to train. A small trainee cohort coupled with a modest office size means ‘more learning opportunities’ and ‘increased exposure to various types of work’. Rather than wait for work to be handed to them, Cleary recruits are ‘encouraged to take the initiative’ and, thanks to a ‘flexible seat structure’, can work in different areas and with different supervisors according to ...

Clifford Chance

Magic Circle firm Clifford Chance’s countless tier 1 Legal 500 rankings didn’t go unnoticed by trainees. A ‘strong reputation across practice areas, in particular litigation’ appealed to those who ‘want to see all types of work within one firm’. But Clifford Chance’s distinguishing feature is undoubtedly its ‘genuine commitment to diversity’: ‘it actually works on being actively inclusive’ and trainees are made to feel that ‘you can be who you really are – there is no stereotype’. Several respondents had sampled the vacation scheme, for which CC has earned a Lex 100 Winner award, and ‘clicked immediately with the people’ who ...

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co has ‘market-leading insurance and shipping practices’ and an ‘excellent reputation for contentious work’. The ‘ambitious’ international firm ‘has demonstrated years of strong growth’ which impressed trainees no end. Recruits really enjoy ‘working on exciting matters which are frequently in the news’. For some respondents, the ‘positive culture’ of Clyde & Co became apparent on the Lex 100 Winner-worthy vacation scheme. Four more gongs have been awarded for living up to expectations, approachability of supervisors, confidence of being kept on and work/life balance. Elaborating on the latter, one trainee commented ‘we are routinely encouraged to log off and ...

CMS

‘Future-focused’ and with a ‘reputation for innovation’, choosing CMS was a no-brainer for this year’s survey respondents. The international firm offers training contracts across England and Scotland and boasts an incredibly wide variety of practice areas. ‘High-profile international matters’ and ‘market-leading clients’ are the norm at CMS but the environment remains ‘welcoming’ and ‘down-to earth’ and ‘employees are treated well’. There is a ‘strong focus on training’ and ‘team members, including partners, are willing to get trainees involved in matters and offer feedback on your performance’. It follows that CMS has amassed eight Lex 100 Winner awards this year, with ...

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP is a Lex 100 Winner in 1 category: Financial remuneration
‘Forward-looking’ Cooley has an ‘exciting client base, especially when it comes to emerging companies’. A ‘relative newcomer to the London market’, the US firm has demonstrated ‘rapid international growth’ and boasts a ‘vibrant culture’ complete with ‘approachable associates and partners’. Indeed ‘no matter how busy people are, they are mindful of how they communicate with you’. The ‘quality of work given to junior lawyers’ was highly praised and the firm is a Lex 100 Winner for its impressive salary. A small intake means that trainees are ‘better known in the office’ and receive more client contact, although the training is described ...

Covington & Burling LLP

Covington & Burling LLP is a Lex 100 Winner in 4 categories: Job satisfaction, Client contact, Work/life balance, Vacation schemes
Covington & Burling’s ‘life sciences sector focus’ and ‘expertise in interesting regulatory areas’ drew trainees to the US firm. Respondents wanted to be part of the small trainee intake which leads to ‘lots of exposure’ and ‘more responsibility early on’. Training is ‘very hands on’ and recruits ‘learn by doing’, all the while receiving ‘a good deal of support from senior lawyers’. ‘You get back what you put in’, trainees explain: ‘the more responsibility you want, the more you get’. Job satisfaction, client contact and vacation scheme have earned Covington & Burling Lex 100 Winner awards this year. This can ...

Cripps Pemberton Greenish LLP

Cripps Pemberton Greenish LLP is a Lex 100 Winner in 2 categories: Work/life balance, Social life
Cripps Pemberton Greenish offers ‘real and varied work’, many ‘high-net-worth clients’ and a ‘friendly office atmosphere’. Several trainees felt that the ethos of the Tunbridge Wells and London-based firm aligned with their own and chose the firm after ‘greatly enjoying the vacation scheme’. Cripps has been awarded two Lex 100 Winner awards for social life and work/life balance. Elaborating on the latter, trainees appreciate that their life outside of work is respected by colleagues but still enjoy ‘getting to work with leading individuals and interesting clients in a plush office’. ‘Everyone is approachable, regardless of their position’ and ‘excellent supervision’ ...

Crown Prosecution Service

For those interested in criminal law, the Crown Prosecution Service is the obvious place to train. ‘I wanted a career that would be meaningful and have a positive impact on my community’, said one trainee: ‘working with victims and members of the public to ensure they receive justice is central to our job, and it is very fulfilling when you achieve it’. The CPS training contract offers a ‘huge amount of independence’; recruits are ‘encouraged to follow areas of law you’re interested in’ and can pursue external secondments with law firms or government departments, or internal placements with the ...

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a Lex 100 Winner in 2 categories: Job satisfaction, Financial remuneration
Debevoise & Plimpton trainees ‘wanted experience in both transactional and litigious seats, areas in which the firm showcases great strength’. The US firm’s London office boasts several interesting practice areas and regularly undertakes ‘groundbreaking work’ in international arbitration, private equity, fund formation and public international law. ‘Trainees loved ‘attending client meetings where my research was discussed’, ‘getting to negotiate non-disclosure agreements’ and ‘receiving congratulatory calls from senior lawyers’. A small intake allows recruits to ‘build great relationships’, both with each other and with their colleagues who are ‘genuinely friendly’ and boast the enviable combination of being ‘both whip-smart and ...

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP is a Lex 100 Winner in 4 categories: Job satisfaction, Quality of work, Client contact, Vacation schemes
Dechert boasts ‘high-profile financial services and private equity departments’ and ‘sophisticated work of an international nature’. A six-seat training contract ‘offers exposure to a greater variety of practice areas’ and ‘there is training almost on a bi-weekly basis for trainees to expand their knowledge’. ‘Nice, approachable and supportive people’ make for a ‘warm and friendly culture’ where ‘everyone genuinely cares about their colleagues’, which is ‘important because the job can get very pressured’. Dechert is a four-time Lex 100 Winner for job satisfaction, quality of work, client contact and vacation scheme. According to its trainees, the worst things about the firm ...
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