Culture

9.0 / 10

(based on 5 ratings in 2017)

2017

"The firm is very sociable with a number of colleagues attending local networking events, and there are regular firm socials amongst junior lawyers in Bristol. The firm does not have a hierarchical culture overall and partners are very approachable. The managing partner has regular lunches with trainees and is keen to hear our views on economic developments and the firm's strategy."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"We sit in an open-plan office, which I really enjoy as it means that we can interact with lawyers and support staff on all levels. It also makes it easy from a learning point of view as we can hear colleagues' conversations with clients and other lawyers and learn from them. The firm culture is really well balanced and I especially like the lifestyle hour that we can use during the week to take an hour off to leave early or take a longer lunch, for example. The firm's focus on health and well-being is good too, with free fruit available in the office and a running club you can join in with. All in all it makes for a very friendly office atmosphere."
First year trainee, Plymouth
"Everyone is incredibly friendly and there is little hierarchy within teams. Socialising is limited in the Plymouth office because there are lots of people with young families. The trainees socialise together even though we are all positioned in different offices. The fee earners make you feel welcome and valued."
First year trainee, Plymouth
"There's a great culture in the office but not much socialising outside of it."
First year trainee, Plymouth

2016

"The open-plan office really allows trainees to uniquely learn and develop by being able to see how senior colleagues interact with each other. It allows a great level of accessibility to other lawyers in the firm and I always feel able to approach a partner or senior associate with any question. Each member of the team, no matter the level of seniority, is always willing and able to help out others. I have really made some great friends during my training contract."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"Friendly and professional. There's good support for flexible working and they encourage a good work/life balance. The firm embraces people from diverse cultures."
First year trainee, Plymouth
"Strong work/life balance with a high level of support. Out of hours, some social activities like cricket and football take place."
First year trainee, Exeter
"Very friendly and supportive. While team days out and 'thank you' drinks are organised at year end and Christmas, perhaps a little bit more could be done by the firm to ensure that departments/offices can go out regularly to socialise."
First year trainee, Taunton
"I have a great work/life balance and I think the firm has a really friendly and supportive atmosphere. All staff, including senior staff, are approachable and willing to help."
First year trainee, Exeter
"This is dependent on the office and each team has a bit of a different feel. I haven't met anyone who has made me feel intimidated or inferior and most people are willing to listen and answer any questions. Partners and legal directors work alongside associates and trainees in open-plan offices."
First year trainee, Exeter
"Welcoming and inclusive. Everyone is very friendly and approachable and you never feel like you do not have a point of support within the firm. The trainees also enjoy socialising after hours as well as having inter-team meals and socials."
Second year trainee, Bristol
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