An important part of looking to move law firm is understanding the potential for progression once you're in.
A potential new firm can have a flashy office and a well-regarded name above the door, but if there is no room to progress up the career ladder it could amount to years wasted.
US and Bristol firms took the top spots for best career development in the RollOnFriday Firm on the Year 2016 survey, in the category in which staff rated their firm for career prospects, training and enabling them to fulfil their potential as lawyers. Winning with an 88% score, Kirkland & Ellis provides "first class work", said a junior associate, though one partner warned of the "Darwinian" approach to promotions. Joint Firm of the Year Shearman & Sterling took second place, with trainees and associates vouching for "lots of responsibility" at an early stage, "always with support if needed".