Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Boodle Hatfield LLP

The Lex 100 verdict on Boodle Hatfield LLP

The verdict

Highly regarded for its specialist work in the art and private wealth sectors, Boodle Hatfield is an historic firm (founded in 1722) with a modern sense of community and work ethos. Trainees applaud the ‘size and culture of the firm’ with its ‘strong emphasis on work/life balance’, demonstrated by Boodle Hatfield’s back-to-back Lex 100 Winner awards in the work/life balance category. Respondents comment on the firm’s ‘great clients, friendly teams and very hands-on training experience’. The firm’s small trainee intake creates ‘good work opportunities but you are well supported by other fee earners and partners if you need help or assistance’. Trainees comment on ‘getting real hands-on experience and helping assist with some big deals’. The firm attracts ‘personable intelligent people’ who create a ‘warm work environment’ where ‘nobody takes themselves too seriously’. Boodle Hatfield’s offices are in London’s Mayfair and Bankside neighbourhoods as well as in central Oxford, but the practice is not limited by its domestic scope. As a trainee comments, ‘I was worried that having UK-only offices would limit the work available, but the firm is very internationally focused and attracts work across jurisdictions’. Downsides mentioned include ‘the lifts’ and ‘transport issues on the way to a hearing’ but the firm receives a highly favourable review from its current trainees. If you like the sound of hands-on training plus hobnobbing with high-profile clients, Boodle Hatfield is worth a look.