Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

The Lex 100 verdict on Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

The verdict

‘Multi-service’ Penningtons Manches Cooper has ‘strengths in numerous practice areas’, including family law, clinical negligence and, thanks to a merger with Thomas Cooper in the summer of 2019, maritime and corporate law. Whilst the firm’s specialist areas were certainly high on the agenda, most of those surveyed were also drawn to the work/life balance. ‘The culture of the firm is second to none’ thanks to ‘friendly and approachable people’, something which several recruits experienced on the vacation scheme. ‘Good levels of client contact’ have led to PMC, which has six offices in the UK, earning a Lex 100 Winner award. ‘There is no hierarchy at all’ and supervisors are ‘happy to explain any amends to your work’. What’s more, respondents reported having ‘very good relationships, even with partners’, something which is facilitated by the open-plan offices, making it ‘easy to chat or ask questions when needed’. Despite the ‘wide range of seats’ on offer, it can, on occasion, be difficult to get the seat you want, which trainees found frustrating. Moreover, the training experience can be very different depending on the team and supervising fee-earners in question. Others grumbled that some of the ‘regional offices could do with updating’. Best moments included ‘working on an abduction case with a multitude of complexities in my family seat’, ‘having my first article published’ and being ‘involved in a three-day, all-parties completion meeting’. Conversely, ‘admin and preparation of bundles in litigation seats’, in particular when it occurs ‘late into the night/morning and not being thanked for it’, were begrudged. For a ‘professional and ambitious firm’ where ‘everyone is genuinely friendly and helpful’, take a closer look at Penningtons Manches Cooper.