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Culture

8.4 / 10

(based on 19 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Very friendly and supportive (at least in my team), diverse range of colleagues, meritocratic and respectful of differences."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is very friendly. The office atmosphere is good. Outside of office hours there are lots of social events."
First year trainee, London
"Hierarchy is very department dependent but generally everyone is available. Doors are always open for questions that one may have. Teamwork and cooperation are generally very present and encouraged."
First year trainee, London
"People are, on the whole, friendly and supportive. Some departments and teams can be hierarchical while others are flatter and more tight-knit. There are some social events on offer, such as the usual summer and winter parties and department drinks. Not a lot of more organic or informal socialising."
Second year trainee, London
"The people are very friendly and there is usually a weekly gathering either among trainees, teams or departments at the in-house bar. We have a weekly drinks trolley on a Friday evening that sets a positive start to the weekend."
First year trainee, London
"Allen & Overy is one of the friendliest of the Magic Circle law firms. In general, it's a very supportive atmosphere with plenty of social events organised (if you can get out in time)."
First year trainee, London
"Almost everyone is considerate and friendly. Most departments don't have a strong sense of hierarchy so you can talk to the partners freely. There is plenty of socialising, though it could be difficult if you don't want to join in as it is very much expected that you will mix with the team in all respects as a trainee."
Second year trainee, London
"A law firm is hierarchical but the partners are very friendly and operate an open-door policy. I get on very well with everyone and enjoy the friendly, social approach that most people adopt. The onsite bar often leads to impromptu social evenings to supplement the organised summer and Christmas parties."
First year trainee, London

2015

"The working environment is open and friendly and there is a general willingness on the part of senior colleagues to answer questions, provided that they are well thought through. Afterhours socialising varies from department to department with some doing weekly social events/drinks trolleys and others not really doing anything."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is really friendly with a lack of hierarchy; for example, partners are very approachable. This is a very social environment to work in with socials outside of the office with colleagues being a regular occurrence. Trainees are always willing to help each other out."
First year trainee, London
"The staff are very friendly at all levels of seniority. There is a friendly and approachable atmosphere. A strong sense of teamwork and approach is never that the senior members of the team leave junior members to do the grunt work or work the long hours. The sense of structure and hierarchy varies from department to department. Frequent department, division and team social events."
Second year trainee, London
"Whilst you may be required to work late there is no pressure to stick around when things are quiet. When you do have to stay late, the people make that process a whole lot easier. Rarely would you be expected to stay late alone, others will often give you a hand to ensure you don't have to stay later than necessary. We often work in small teams so whilst the ICM group is extremely large, on a day-today basis I work in a team of three."
First year trainee, London
"There is a strong sense of teamwork and cooperation but in my experience, some departments can be hierarchical meaning there are sometimes inconsistent cultures. Socialising is generally good but it depends on workloads."
Second year trainee, London
"While the hours can be long the culture is second to none. Everyone is friendly, welcoming, sociable and supportive."
Second year trainee, London
"The culture's great - I felt at ease even during my interview. You make great friends with your fellow trainee, aided by the fact you do your LPC together, and even outside my intake, I haven't found anyone I don't get on with. I haven't felt much of a sense of hierarchy. The firm really does operate on an open-door policy, and I've found I can approach partner, counsel, associate, PA alike. Outside of work, there are all sorts of societies to get involved in: zillions of sports' teams, music and dance groups, etc."
First year trainee, London
"In some departments the hierarchy is more obvious than others but overall, the firm has a good culture. There is really an open door policy and teams are very sociable."
Second year trainee, London
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