Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Howard Kennedy LLP

The Lex 100 verdict on Howard Kennedy LLP

The verdict

The ‘combination of high-quality work with the culture of a smaller, less corporate organisation’ draws trainees to Howard Kennedy, a full-service, mid-sized City firm. Trainees highlight the ‘entrepreneurial nature of the work’ and comment upon its ‘reputation as being a friendly yet professional place to work’. The firm is proud of its specialities in sport, energy, private wealth, as well as media and entertainment law. This diverse offering is lauded by trainees: ‘the firm offers a broad training experience with seat options, such as business crime and media, that you wouldn’t find at larger outfits’. Trainees also praise the ‘inclusive atmosphere’ and the ‘approachability of supervisors’ as well as the work/life balance for which Howard Kennedy bags a Lex 100 Winner award. The style of training is described as being hands-on as well as supportive: ‘I have been able to run my own matters from day one. However, I have always had the support of my supervisor and wider team as and when it has been required. This independence with a safety net has been the biggest factor in my improvements as a lawyer so far’. Drawbacks highlighted centre around the opaqueness of the seat selection process, NQ retention rate and the office/IT facilities. But the pro-bono programme is highly praised and notable work highlights included ‘launching a fund that invests in music IP’ and ‘working on a distressed M&A deal and helping a business survive, safeguarding jobs’. If you looking for a City firm with a small intake and have an interest in the sport, media or energy sectors, Howard Kennedy is worth a close look.