Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Pinsent Masons LLP

The Lex 100 verdict on Pinsent Masons LLP

A Lex 100 Winner in five categories (living up to expectations, quality of work, vacation scheme, inclusivity and supervisor approachability), Pinsent Masons certainly lives up to its reputation for excellent training and trainee experience. An internationally-recognised firm with a ‘strong regional presence, good mix of work, decent work/life balance and sociable/relaxed atmosphere’, Pinsent Masons has ‘friendly and diverse employees, a laid-back atmosphere, high-quality work and high pay without the presenteeism or stuffy nature of Magic Circle/US firms’. A leading firm in technology and corporate social responsibility, ‘there are many opportunities to be involved in projects away from strictly client work. The people are very friendly and approachable, which makes the learning and development process easier’. The firm’s reputation in planning and construction law is another draw, as well as the locations across Scotland and Northern Ireland as well as England and Wales. In terms of training, experiences differ depending on the department and location, as is natural in such a large firm. A trainee comments that the ‘training is good, but it varies dramatically. Some departments have week-long inductions while others offer no formal training at all’. However, there’s praise for the seat options and ‘really good in-seat training and tons of additional training resources including ‘PM Academy’ which provides free courses on everything from ‘Effective Time Management’ and ‘Improving Your Personal Resilience’ to ‘Making the Most of Your Emotional Mind’’. Negatives include the pay scale and working from home during the pandemic, but overall the firm is highly rated by the current cohort. Trainees really appreciate ‘the people and their attitude to work and training. I always feel able to ask questions or to seek feedback; everyone is so supportive and genuinely cares about my wellbeing’.