Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Mishcon de Reya LLP

The Lex 100 verdict on Mishcon de Reya LLP

The verdict

Mishcon de Reya ‘markets itself differently to other law firms’ and is ‘not afraid to upset convention’. Recruits were drawn in by the strong branding and the ‘modern, forward-thinking approach’. Mishcon ‘takes on interesting and controversial cases’ and has a ‘huge range of departments’ covering a ‘breadth of sectors’, which makes it an ideal choice for those unsure as to where they want to qualify. An ‘amazing client base’ and a ‘progressive and welcoming culture, including an open-door policy in most departments’ complete the package. We heard over and over that the ‘people here are kind’ and that the firm’s core values ‘ensure that everyone treats each other with respect and frankness’. Training is ‘very structured and front-loaded’ and trainees feel that they ‘receive a huge amount of support from the early careers team, engaging supervisors and partner mentors across the two years’. A lack of transparency with regard to seat rotations and qualification/promotion processes were the main complaints trainees had about the firm. What’s more, ‘working on a complex refinancing and feeling very out of my depth’, ‘working until 3am to produce bundles for a hearing the next day’ and ‘cancelling plans and having to let down friends and family’ were moments recruits would rather forget. In contrast, ‘attending the Gina Miller case at the Supreme Court’, ‘meeting celebrities in amazing family law cases’ and ‘winning a two-week trial in my first seat’ are moments which are hard to beat, in any context! To train at a firm which isn’t too formal or corporate in nature’ where they ‘celebrate going slightly against the grain’, consider Mishcon de Reya.