How our survey works

We sent online surveys to graduate recruitment managers at the UK’s largest law firms. 130 successfully took part and distributed our survey to their trainees. Once again, we had a fantastic response and ended up with 2,500 completed surveys, which provided us with a particularly robust sample to analyse. The data from the surveys was processed and analysed by the editor of this publication.

We asked current trainees to rate their firm with a score from 0 to 10 (10 being the best possible score) in twelve different categories:

Click the links below to see the winners from each category.

      1. Satisfied in your job?
      2. Firm living up to expectations?
      3. High quality of work?
      4. Enough client contact?
      5. Happy work/life balance?
      6. Great social life?
      7. Good vacation scheme?
      8. Confident you’ll be kept on?
      9. Good remuneration?
      10. Inclusive firm?
      11. Good international secondments?
      12. Supervisors approachable?

When assessing the responses, we analysed the data against market norms and performed recommended statistical tests to ensure the analysis was valid, representative and robust. We used our professional judgement to exclude what we perceived to be outlying or unrepresentative elements in the data.

We then gave each firm a score out of one hundred for each category, based on the average score from the total trainees’ responses. These scores are shown alongside ‘The Lex 100 verdict’, where we piece together trainee responses to compile an overview of the feedback offered.

We also asked the trainees for more detailed information about their experiences and their firm under the headings:

      1. Why did you choose this firm over any others?
      2. Best thing about the firm?
      3. Worst thing about the firm?
      4. Best moments of your training?
      5. Worst moment of your training?

A representative sample of the trainees’ answers is found on each of the featured firm profiles.

In keeping with Lex tradition, we also asked respondents which fictional character their firm would be. We were really happy to receive some creative and amusing answers to this question, which range from Albus Dumbledore to Yoda! This is of course just a bit of fun and we hope that both firms and candidates will take it in the spirit intended!

All participating firms were asked to provide an introductory paragraph, as well as details of deals and clients. Where this information was not provided by the firm, we have written this section ourselves, based on research undertaken by The Legal 500.