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8.3 / 10

(based on 12 ratings in 2015)

2015

"There is an open-door policy at the firm, a friendly management board and a lot of socialising."
First year trainee, London
"While the firm appears to me as quite hierarchical and there is not much opportunity to socialise as a whole group, especially in the London office, the departments undeniably work well in their teams."
First year trainee, London
"The culture is excellent overall, and the firm has a good atmosphere. There exists a perfect work/life balance in most departments."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is sociable both during the day and after-hours, both in terms of the trainee group and within departments. There are clear team hierarchies, but there is an open door policy for partners, allowing access and ability to learn/ask questions."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm's culture is sociable, and although it varies between departments, it is good overall. People are approachable and willing to socialise."
First year trainee, London
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First year trainee, London

2014

"There is decent socialising amongst colleagues at the firm."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is friendly, busy and sociable. Everyone is approachable and the open plan office contributes to friendly atmosphere."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Partners are approachable and you usually share an office with your supervisor. Associates have, on the whole, been encouraging and happy to act as sounding boards. The subsidised Thursday bars and Christmas parties are always open to all employees and are frequented by a proper mix of partners, associates, secretaries, support staff and the trainees."
First year trainee, London
"The firm has a good after hours culture. The team I work with have various social events in the evenings and sometimes on weekends."
First year trainee, London
"People are very friendly both in the office and after hours. Offices are open plan and therefore teamwork and cooperation is encouraged, as is interaction with senior colleagues. Socialising varies depending on which team you are working in."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Hierarchy is not as obvious at Clyde & Co, as it is with some other top 20 firms. The departments, even in Corporate, are collaborative and friendly. Cooperation and teamwork are key and socialising amongst colleagues and clients is commonplace and very much encouraged."
First year trainee, London

2013

"The firm is friendly and collegiate. There is no 'stay to be seen' culture but they do expect you to work hard as and when required. Many of the departments organise their own socials - Corporate for example, have a group lunch every month and end of month drinks. In terms of trainee socialising, we are relatively social and do try and go for drinks on a regular basis. Although as there are 37 of us, it is pretty difficult to arrange!"
First year trainee, London
"My department is sociable - organises frequent client drinks/dinners, etc. The firm has a football team and other sports teams. There is a core group of trainees which socialises after work."
First year trainee, London
"Generally this is a very friendly firm (naturally there are a few exceptions!). There is no working late culture. In my current department I leave around 6:00pm 95% of the time. Although obviously, if you have work to do, you will be expected to stay and do it."
First year trainee, London
"Cooperation and teamwork within the specific teams, one department has drinks every single Friday which is great socially."
First year trainee, London
"There is no need for 'face-time' - so long as you get your work done. Social life is as good as you make it."
Newly qualified solicitor, London
"No 'face-time' culture: if you are done, you go home. Hierarchy and structure varies department to department - for example in Corporate, it is very hierarchical and trainees get the least varied work opportunities, but the team is nonetheless welcoming; in Employment, it is a completely horizontal structure, everyone works for everyone and to a consistent standard, with a much wider variety of work - and the team is very sociable."
First year trainee, London
"There are some more 'traditional' partners who I think don't expect to see junior people leaving the office before they do, but on the whole, I have never felt the need to stay when I have no work, and my workload is manageable so that I'm not here until 9:00pm or 10:00pm on a daily basis. The two departments I have been in work in very fluid structures, (everyone works with everyone), although there is an obvious hierarchy amongst fee earners. Trainee socials are not centrally organised very often, but when they are Graduate HR are very good about letting trainees manage the plans and where we go, and they give us beer, wine, pizza and brownies when we attend student events!"
First year trainee, London
"Our intake is very sociable and do everything together, there is no culture of 'face-time' - when you are finished your work you go home any time from 5:30pm. The structure seems very democratic and trainees speak to partners much more than I expected to be the case at drinks events and around the office."
First year trainee, London
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