Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

The Lex 100 verdict on Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Covering a ‘wide range of practice areas, including commercial and private individuals’, Penningtons Manches Cooper is a full-service firm with a mixture of international scale and small-firm characteristics. ‘A small trainee intake, good work/life balance, and a variety of seats available’ plus a ‘friendly, good experience in the interview process’ makes PMC an attractive prospect. There are offices in London, Basingstoke, Oxford, Cambridge and Reading among others in Southern England and, due to the merger with established shipping law firm Thomas Cooper in 2019, PMC has a stellar maritime law practice which is a major draw for trainees. As one trainee highlights, ‘I chose PMC as it offers a high quality work.  The small intake presents opportunities for one-to-one training with great client exposure. PMC is also one of the most friendly international firms’. More social activities and higher pay would be appreciated by trainees, but the impact of the pandemic has played its part in this. Indeed some trainees praised the firm’s response, with one commenting, ‘I’ve had a really positive experience, despite doing my whole first seat remotely. I am given a lot of responsibility and have had great client exposure’. PMC rates highly among current trainees: ‘everyone is very friendly; the department I have been working in has been going above and beyond in terms of the remote working and making sure I’m included in work and general conversation’. If you are looking for a maritime law focus, as well as broad and high-quality legal training across personal and commercial sectors, Penningtons Manches Cooper is a strong contender.