Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Coffin Mew LLP

The Lex 100 verdict on Coffin Mew LLP

The verdict

‘Modern and approachable,’ Coffin Mew LLP is a thriving commercial and personal firm, and a major regional name in the South of England with offices in Portsmouth, Brighton, Southampton and Newbury. With a small intake of trainees, Coffin Mew is able to provide its trainees with ‘exposure to a wide variety of different areas of law’ with excellent support. This approach is commended by trainees, with one highlighting that ‘the firm gave me the impression that it would support me and really wanted me to join’. This promise is reflected in Coffin Mew bagging a Lex 100 Winner award for confidence in being retained after the training contract. Trainees reflect that they receive ‘a high level of client contact, more so than some of my peers at other firms’ as well as ‘good work/life balance although fairly average remuneration’. About the quality of training, respondents comment that ‘for a firm of its size I have been very pleased with the quality of the training I have received’ and ‘the training seems to be similar to other firms, albeit there is a much better work/life balance at Coffin Mew LLP’. Complaints centre around the slower work periods, ‘having to chase teams for work’ and that ‘the responsibility allocated to trainees is not consistent across all teams’. However, trainees highlighted the opportunity to do ‘advocacy in court for a client in connection with a property possession claim’ and ‘completing a matter for a client which I started and saw through with minimal supervision to its completion’. If you are looking for a top-quality, ambitious firm in the South with a small intake size, Coffin Mew is worth a closer look.