Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Reed Smith LLP

The Lex 100 verdict on Reed Smith LLP

A market-leading international firm, Reed Smith proves a popular choice for the ‘global work available, the entertainment and media focus, the diversity and inclusion schemes, the pro bono initiatives’ and much more. A Lex 100 Winner for job satisfaction, client contact, work/life balance, social life and inclusivity, the firm remains a popular choice for training in London. Trainees praise the culture and in particular its ‘people, the different practice areas, the small trainee intake, the firm’s pro bono work and the variety of interesting work’. There is a ‘flat hierarchy’ and ‘everyone is approachable’. With ‘better hours’ than peers, decent quality of work and ‘engagement with partners and clients’, it is easy to see the reasons for its popularity with trainees. Dependent on seat allocation, there is a better work/life balance and ‘generous working-from-home provisions and support’. However, as one trainee put it, ‘the hours and unpredictability of workflow in my first seat made it quite hard to draw a line between ‘work’ and ‘home’ life’, a common problem during the pandemic. Asked for the best quality of the firm most mentioned the ‘friendliness of co-workers and the team spirit’ and the ‘eagerness to help and endless support from everyone across the firm’. Others mentioned ‘the quality of work and exposure to clients is high from an early stage. You also seem to be given a lot of responsibility very early on’. A notable highlight was ‘closing an $80m financing deal within one week of starting the seat, with an all-female Reed Smith team, on International Women’s Day’. High-quality work, a friendly environment and flat hierarchy – there is a lot to like at Reed Smith.