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7.3 / 10

(based on 7 ratings in 2016)

2016

"There's a lack of integration between the 10th (transactional work) and 11th (litigation) floors. Some members of staff are supportive, but I have also felt underappreciated a number of times."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is extremely keen on social events and collaboration among teams and between offices. There is not a tiered partnership and associates are not qualified by 'junior' or 'senior'. I am friends with both intakes of trainees and we see each other outside of work. The firm has managed to foster a great atmosphere of collaboration and esprit de corps."
First year trainee, London
"There is always something going on or being planned to get everyone together across groups (associates, trainees, minority affinity group etc). I've really enjoyed the social side of my training contract and think the firm do an excellent job at organising events."
Second year trainee, London
"The litigation department (commercial, insurance, intellectual property) is less social than the business department (corporate, TTG, life sciences, tax). Corporate promotes junior associates getting involved with a broad range of work and people are asked to approach partners doing the type of work they are interested in. Litigation tends to simply assign work regardless of interest. Associates in business won't leave you alone on a late night while they go home, litigation varies. The firm does an annual summer and Christmas party (that incoming trainees are invited to), monthly drinks for all staff (including admin/support) and the departments do their own informal drinks as well. Corporate is usually at the pub after work on a Friday. There are also separate events run by the women's initiative, and the minorities group."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a lot of cooperation between departments and junior members are encouraged to work with a broad range of partners and associates. The firm hosts many social events (major and some minor holidays, Euros football afternoon, end-of-month themed drinks) and there are often impromptu happy-hour drinks at nearby bars."
Second year trainee, London

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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