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The Gherkin

Working in the Gherkin puts you right in the heart of the capital’s financial district. The 41-storey building was designed by Norman Foster with Arup Group and, in total, is 180 metres high. Each time you welcome clients and guests into the building you’ll feel the buzz of working in one of the most distinctive office buildings there is, in one of the best cities in the world.

Part of the enjoyment of working in the Gherkin is enjoying unrivalled views across London while you sit at your desk. You will be the envy of your friends. It is a place where you can look forward to growing your knowledge, experience and first class legal career even further.

The Gherkin Facts & Figures

180 Metres Tall

Or 591 feet, with a total
of 41 storeys

7,429 Panes of Glass

Used in the Gherkin, equivalent to 3 football pitches

18 Passenger Lifts

378 people can be vertically
transported at 6 metres per
second at any time

1,037 Steps

In each of the
building’s stairwells

Eating At The Gherkin

Café 22, our in-house restaurant, serves freshly prepared hot dishes and salads as well as a selection of sweet and savoury pastries all at subsidised prices.

Every morning breakfast is available ranging from freshly baked muffins to fresh fruit and cereal.

Cafe 22

Out & About

There’s lots to enjoy in the local area at lunchtimes and after work. Leadenhall Market is nearby offering a range of independent cafés, shops and stalls. A bit further again is Spitalfields Market where contemporary brands and stylish cafés, bars and boutiques stand alongside each other, creating a great place to relax and shop.

Spitalfields Market
Leadenhall Market
Devonshire Square



Liverpool Street – 06 mins
Bank – 11 mins
Moorgate – 12 mins
London Bridge – 20 mins


London Bridge – 07 mins
Blackfriars – 08 mins
Waterloo – 14 mins
King’s Cross – 20 mins


Stratford- 09 mins
Angel Islington – 10 mins
Clapham – 28 mins
Hammersmith – 34 mins


Blackfriars – 33 mins
Waterloo – 34 mins
Greenwich – 37 mins
Canary Wharf – 38 mins

Journey times sourced from


Awards & Recognitions

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LawCareers.Net – Best Work Placement Scheme (Vacation Scheme) – City Firm 2020

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Lex 100 – Overall job satisfaction 2020/2021

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Lex 100 – Quality of work 2020/2021

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Lex 100 – Approachability of supervisors 2020/2021