City scape


8.5 / 10

(based on 4 ratings in 2015)


"The firm has a really friendly and relaxed culture. Everybody works hard, but there is no after-hours culture, so I have only ever stayed late when we have really been up against a deadline and it was unavoidable. There is very much an open door culture, and all fee earners are willing to answer questions from trainees. The firm regularly puts on breakfasts, lunches and treats in house (an Independence Day breakfast and we recently celebrated National Cream Tea Day) and we had a good summer party including speed-boating down the Thames."
Second year trainee, London
"Cooley is very non-hierarchical and you really feel like you could pop in and speak to any of the associates or partners if you needed to. The firm makes a great effort to celebrate special occasions and holidays with breakfast mornings, lunches or after-work drinks - sometimes laden with themed balloons! Less formal socialising is also quite regular with impromptu drinks or lunches out not being out of the ordinary."
First year trainee, London
"The firm does not have an after-hours culture, so although hard work is definitely part and parcel of the job, people leave when they have got the job done. I have only ever stayed very late when we have been really up against a court deadline. The culture is really friendly and relaxed, and all the fee earners are very approachable. The working environment is really co-operative, and everyone knows everyone - including trainees - by name. There is socialising between colleagues, though there could be more of that!"
Second year trainee, London
"There is a very sociable culture in the office."
Second year trainee, London
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