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9.8 / 10

(based on 8 ratings in 2018)

2018

"Browne Jacobson is an amazing place to work. There is no hierarchy and, due to our agile desk policy, you're frequently sat next to people of all different levels. No one is tucked away in an office and it creates a really fun and friendly atmosphere where people work well together and support each other. Socialising, particularly outside of work, is generally dependent on the team but there is usually someone to join. We have numerous social events with trainees as well as a couple of firm-wide and team-wide parties throughout the year on top of normal socialising."
First year trainee, Nottingham
"The firm is friendly and there is a genuine open-door policy. The feeling of a hierarchy is non-existent in many teams and I feel comfortable asking senior partners for guidance. I have always worked closely with my supervisors and it has been a joint decision about what work I take on and when it is done. The firm is very sociable and hosts sporting events such as a golf away day, corporate games and local sports initiatives."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Socialising among colleagues is very common. I go out for drinks with colleagues at least once a week."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a lot of socialising among colleagues at all levels. The trainees are able to socialise as a group but teams will also socialise with people around the firm. The open-plan office allows more contact between people. The firm is more flexible with work hours than other places I have worked at and trainees are not expected to work long hours or stay in the office late."
First year trainee, Nottingham
"Everyone works together in a mixed environment and there is an open-door policy. All employees refer to one another as 'colleagues' when speaking to third parties, regardless of job title. There are also no job titles written on any emails or letters so everyone is treated equally. Socialising opportunities are plentiful and everyone takes great care to watch over one another and mix into the group well. This is helped by 'mogility', which allows you to sit next to a partner one day and a fellow trainee or solicitor the next."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"There's a good work/life balance and regular social events that make Browne Jacobson a great place to work. We have a typical partner/associate/solicitor structure that you would expect to see in a law firm but the individuals mix at every level."
Second year trainee, Nottingham

2017

"Friendly and inclusive both in and out of hours. There's a flat hierarchy and trainees get the chance to work closely with heads of departments and senior partners."
Second year trainee, Nottingham
"It's very non-hierarchical with an open-plan office making it easy to seek advice or supervision as necessary. Everyone is very supportive of trainees and keen to help you succeed. There's a good social side, with regular events organised by the social committee."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"The culture and atmosphere in the office are great, as is the out-of-hours socialising. The firm is quite flat in structure and there is minimal hierarchy. I've not once been afraid to approach a more senior member of staff or partner with a problem."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm genuinely cares and is friendly. After-hours socials could be more frequent and well attended, though."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"There is a really good work/life balance. There are plenty of social activities organised by the firm and good opportunities to get involved in various sports and other fundraising events. The firm has a typical structure but everyone who works here is approachable and I feel comfortable asking questions of individuals at all levels of the firm."
First year trainee, Nottingham
"All the teams I have worked in have been very supportive. People are approachable at all levels and very willing to assist when they can. Some teams are more sociable than others, although whole-firm events are always well attended."
First year trainee, Nottingham
"This firm has a great culture and it is consistent throughout all of its five offices. All staff are friendly, easy to work with and always happy to answer any questions (even when you ring someone in a different department in a different office that you have never met before). There is definitely an open-door policy here with little focus on hierarchy, meaning you don't feel intimidated as a junior member of the team. I never thought the managing partner of a large law firm would know me by name when I was still a first-year trainee. I think this speaks volumes about the type of firm Browne Jacobson is. The firm places great emphasis on the importance of maintaining a good work/life balance and I have never felt obligated to put in face-time. Given that the London office is smaller in size, there isn't a great deal of after-hours socialising that takes place. However, there are a number of events that are arranged throughout the year by the London Sports and Social Committee."
First year trainee, London
"The culture at the firm is really good, there's a lot of give and take here. The office is all open-plan, which I think is nice as it does not force any kind of hierarchy in the workplace."
First year trainee, Nottingham
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