Offices & Dress

7.5 / 10

(based on 27 ratings in 2017)

2017

"The Edinburgh office is in the city centre and is open-plan. There is a glass atrium so the sound can travel throughout the floors, especially when an event is being held. There is no canteen but there is a chef on site who prepares sandwiches and salads that can be ordered. The dress code is smart and consistent with other law firms."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"Our offices are decent but definitely a bit old and in need of maintenance. We are moving to new offices in 2018, which are expected to be much nicer."
Second year trainee, London
"We have excellent views and good transport links nearby. There's no gym and only a small canteen though."
First year trainee, London
"We have a large building with a great café and other spaces. The firm is renovating the office to build kitchens on each floor with the aim of encouraging a creative environment and for people to be able to sit in the kitchens for a cup of tea and a chat. We have great meeting rooms and these allow great events to be hosted within the office."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"Referring specifically to the office I am located in, it feels like it needs an update and a refurbishment. However, other offices across the UK have just been updated and they are very nice spaces. I understand that there is a project in the pipeline to update my location."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"It's a very nice office that's open-plan, always clean and aesthetically welcoming. The dress code is formal but not as smart as I anticipated. I wear flat shoes every day."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"Our office is across two buildings, which can be annoying, and the canteen is dark in the basement. However, we are due to move to a new office in 2018, which will be a lot better and have up to date, modern working spaces and technology. We wear business dress Monday to Thursday and most teams do dress down on Fridays."
First year trainee, London

2016

"Fairly relaxed dress code. Generally, ties are not required for men. We also have decent facilities."
First year trainee, London
"The building is a very grand Georgian building with a beautiful public arcade on the ground floor. The offices are located on the 7th floor and offer spectacular views of the Liverpool skyline (particularly the waterfront), St Nicholas' church and the Liver building."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"All the floors look the same, which prevents people from getting lost. We have a good location overlooking St Paul's. Smart casual dress code."
First year trainee, London
"The dress code is standard office wear but you can get away with a bit provided there are no client meetings. Friday is dress down. The location is great. Facilities are standard, we have no gym and the canteen is stuck down in the basement. The last thing you want after being stuck in the office is to go down to a windowless room to eat lunch. Some of the offices have no natural light and can be a bit depressing. Others are spacious and pretty good. We're moving to new offices in 2018."
First year trainee, London
"Offices are modern and spacious. Most offices have a good kitchen area for preparing food (although the coffee machines could do with being standardised across the board as some are much better than others!). The dress code varies between offices and departments but generally it's professional with a relaxed edge. Dress drown Fridays are refreshing."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"Most departments operate a dress code where you don't need to wear a tie unless going to a meeting and you can dress in smart casual on a Friday."
Second year trainee, London
"Some offices are currently moving to new premises. Right now they are okay, if a little dated in some regional offices, but this won't be for long."
Second year trainee, London
"I have worked in the Manchester and the Madrid offices. Manchester office is a little dated now but fully functional and has great services. However, we are moving to a new building so that will be updated greatly."
Second year trainee, Manchester

2015

"The dress code is business dress, although we do have numerous dress down days (usually to coincide with pay day or a social event). While there are offices across the country, in my experience they are functional are serve their purpose well. The Manchester team is due to move offices in 2016, and a huge amount of thought is currently going into the layout and design of the office floor space."
First year trainee, Manchester
"I think that the canteen could be improved, as it is located in the basement and needs to be bigger. That said, recently we have had a new caterer join the firm, and the food has improved, alongside efforts to improve the look of the canteen. It can be annoying that the firm is split between two buildings, as there is a constant need to go to Noble Street for all facilities if you are based in One London Wall. The dress code is relatively relaxed."
Second year trainee, London
"There are modern, spacious offices at DLA Piper, and they are always in prime city centre locations. The dress code is formal office wear, but the Sheffield office has dress down Friday every week."
Second year trainee, Sheffield
"DLA Piper has one of the best offices in Leeds. The dress code depends on the department, but generally there is no expectation to wear a tie or jacket, unless you are meeting with a client."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"Although our current offices are outdated and spread over two floors, we are moving to more newer and convenient offices soon. The office has a relaxed dress code."
Second year trainee, London
"At present the office is good: it is spacious with sufficient facilities, a cafe and it has good meeting rooms. This will be even better when we move to our new offices in September. We have monthly dress down days as well as ad hoc ones in aid of charity."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"The dress code is as you'd expect in a law firm, although there is no dress down day. Although I think that the canteen and socialising space could be better, the office space is good: there are two people to a room, and an open place section in the middle for secretaries."
Second year trainee, London
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