Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Pinsent Masons LLP

The Lex 100 verdict on Pinsent Masons LLP

The verdict

A combination of ‘international reach’, an ‘expansion strategy geared towards innovation’ and an ‘outstanding quality of work’ sets Pinsent Masons apart. A ‘great vacation scheme’ worthy of a Lex 100 Winner award also convinced trainees that this was the firm for them. It was very reassuring for trainees that the firm has a ‘genuine keenness to make things work for its people, such as promoting agile working and adopting a ‘dress according to your day’ dress code’. What’s more, ‘there are some absolutely brilliant teams’ where ‘people take an interest in your life outside of work and go out of their way to make you feel included’. Another Lex 100 Winner gong has been awarded for inclusiveness. Despite its vast UK network, respondents stressed that the Pinsent Masons culture is ‘firm-wide and not just applicable to certain offices’. The seat allocation process was bemoaned, in particular the fact that ‘trainees can be required to move location in the UK offices throughout their training contract’. There were also some complaints about the ‘disparity in salaries between London and the regions’. ‘Attending the Supreme Court and meeting Baroness Hale’, ‘working from start to finish on the drafting, negotiation and completion of contracts for the construction of a UK university’ and ‘spending two days interviewing witnesses’ were hard-to-beat highlights. ‘The stress of not knowing whether there will be a job for me post-qualification’ and an ‘all-nighter on a Friday night into Saturday morning in the corporate department’ were far more stressful moments. For a firm with a ‘supportive culture’ which is ‘innovative and progressive in its approach’, consider Pinsent Masons.