Legal Industry One Of UK’s Best For Development – According To Graduates

16 Oct, 2012

The legal industry has been voted one of the strongest in Britain when it comes to training and development – according to a new poll of graduates.


Confidential career review site asked 3000 graduates in their first three years of employment to score their company on a range of criteria including responsibility, progression opportunities, colleague interaction, training, work-life balance and benefits.


The industry came second overall in the UK for training as well as scoring particularly highly when it came to colleague interaction, job progression and company culture.


The results paint an upbeat image of the industry and should tempt more university leavers into exploring careers in this sector in future.


Sidley Austin topped the list for the legal industry with Shoosmiths coming a close second and Penningtons Solicitors third.


Simmons & Simmons, Clifford Chance, CMS Cameron McKenna, Dickinson Dees, Bird & Bird, Linklaters and Herbert Smith were also included in the list of the top 100 graduate employers.


Nearly all of those polled (92%) said they would choose to do the role again – which reflects extremely positively on their employers.


A graduate at Simmons & Simmons LLP commented: “As a trainee, there is a lot of emphasis on learning and development. It’s also great to see a piece of work that you have done being given to a client, which encourages you to try move and develop even quicker.”


A trainee solicitor from CMS Cameron McKenna LLP added: “The work is challenging and you always have to use your brain.


“I have been given some real responsibility, working closely with experienced and talented lawyers in high profile deals, which allows you to learn very quickly and at a very high level.”

Firms from 17 different industries were featured in the list with IT, advertising, property, accountancy, consultancy, banking, retail, law, engineering, transport and media particularly well represented. 


The list comprised a mixture of established multinationals and smaller employers, with an emphasis on the realities of the day to day graduate roles, rather than a prediction as to how they believed the role would be. This differs significantly from other graduate recruitment studies.


Keren Mitchell (pictured), co-founder of, says the results paint a positive picture for the future of the legal industry.


Mr Mitchell said: “One of the main things graduates look for when selecting industries to work in is the ability to learn new skills and progress quickly, something our research has found the legal industry offers in abundance.


“We spoke to thousands of graduates and have found that the industry on the whole is one with great colleague relationships, positive company cultures, good progression opportunities and a general sense of enjoyment.”


Co-founder Natasha Freeman (pictured), says she hopes the information will provide greater insight for graduates set to enter the working world for the first time.


Natasha said: “What we want to stress is that this is data collected from people actually doing the roles. All of the information was collected anonymously and therefore respondents gave a warts and all assessment of their employer and their role which we think will be invaluable to those planning their first steps in the working world.”


The full ratings for each legal company in the Top 100 guide can be viewed at:

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