8.1 / 10

(based on 47 ratings in 2016)


"It's a very supportive, cooperative and sociable office. I have made good friends at the firm."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"There's little feeling of hierarchy as everyone is approachable and friendly. People are always happy to chat or advise and pitch in on each other's work when required. There's not a huge amount of socialising past a couple of annual firm-wide and department-wide events. This varies by department though."
First year trainee, London
"Open-door policy from associate to partner level. People are very social and often want to head to the pub or take time out to enjoy the drinks trolley that gets brought up to the department once a month."
First year trainee, London
"Even though the firm is one of the largest in the world, the office culture on a day-to-day basis is personable and inclusive. The work allows you to build relationships with trainees and fee earners in other offices in the UK and abroad. The induction week at Crewe gives you the chance to get to know your national intake of trainees."
First year trainee, Birminghham
"I have not faced any suggestion of face-time. If I have finished my work for the day I'm free to go home. You are given a high level of independence in that regard."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"Very good social life and good support for social activities such as office (and inter-office) football, netball, choir etc. There are regular social events as well."
First year trainee, Manchester
"The office has a great atmosphere and a very positive culture. I am able to speak to any person in the office, whether that be a partner or fellow trainee."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"Great socialising and opportunities to network within the firm and across offices and jurisdictions. From team or office drinks to more formal events and informal out-of-office events. We have a down-to-earth culture with a work hard/play hard mentality. But don't underestimate that this is a top five firm with high expectations and you will have to sacrifice some of your social calendar. If you can accept this early on you will have a much more enjoyable training contract. There is a natural hierarchy that can be more prominent in some departments such as corporate. When compared to other firms, I believe, this is much more relaxed and seniors/partners are generally approachable."
Second year trainee, London
"Great culture at the firm. I find it really friendly and felt included from day one. Great after-hours culture too, some of my closest friends are the people I work with."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"There is an open-door policy operated throughout the firm and all levels of fee earners are approachable and willing to help. Outside of office hours, departments are sociable and encourage a good work/life balance."
First year trainee, London
"Open door policy with a firm team-work spirit both inside and outside of the office. All fee earners (notwithstanding their level) are extremely approachable."
First year trainee, Manchester


"Like any other law firm there is a hierarchy, however there is no one I would hesitate to approach. All partners adhere to their open-door policy. Following long hours and big deals we tend to go out for celebratory lunches and dinners. This means that we end on a high note, and allows us to get to know people outside of work."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"In the Leeds office I found that there doesn't seem to be a culture of staying any longer than is necessary, there is always a social event in the calendar, and there is a lot more emphasis on cooperation and teamwork than on hierarchy."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Our office in Edinburgh is open plan which is fantastic: it is very sociable, and allows people to mix with all levels of the firm on a daily basis. We have office drinks at least once a month, as well as other events such as summer and Christmas parties, which give everyone the opportunity to get to know one another on a social level."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"While this may be different at other offices, I have found that everyone at the office I work in is exceptionally friendly. So while there is a hierarchy in place, it is appropriate and you do not always feel it. Overall, the firm consists of team players who are easily approachable. There are a lot of social events that are attended by all fee earners regardless of their status."
Second year trainee, Liverpool
"There is a friendly and sociable culture at the firm. All levels of lawyers are encouraged to socialise, and partners put a real emphasis on creating a happy working environment. This in turn makes late nights easier and you feel appreciated by more senior members. I would feel happy talking to the vast majority of partners, and the firm encourages a genuine open-door policy."
Second year trainee, London
"In my experience the firm lacked a truly social culture. There are few social events with team-mates that are not organised by the trainees themselves, and associates seldom go out with trainees, but this could be a reflection of the firm's commitment to its work."
Second year trainee, London
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