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Offices & Dress

8.9 / 10

(based on 22 ratings in 2016)

2016

"The offices are bright and nice. They feel fresh and renovated. The Chancery Lane location is handy, although the food options nearby are a little lacking when the cafeteria is not up to scratch. The dress code is relativity casual (eg men don't wear ties) and we have dress down Fridays. The only negative aspect of the offices are that you can end up sitting on the inside of the building looking into the atrium. Other than that, all the offices have large windows."
First year trainee, London
"Modern, light, client areas are very nice. The dress code is business, but it is surprisingly relaxed. There is a dress down Friday and in the summer, particularly when it is very hot, a more relaxed approach is taken. There is definitely no need for men to wear a three-piece suit (or even a tie every day), and women do not have to wear dresses and high heels if they don't want to. I don't feel stressed at all about what I should wear and I feel like the guidance given is appropriate."
First year trainee, London
"The office is a pleasant place to work with lots of natural light. Two people share a room and you sit opposite your supervisor. I find this is a great way to train as you learn by osmosis, watching your supervisor and hearing how they speak when on calls with clients. The facilities are good, including a pretty decent canteen, a coffee shop and a gym."
Second year trainee, London
"Trainees sit in an office with their supervisor. Generally, most of the lawyers sit two to an office (apart from partners who tend to have their own office). Location (in between Chancery Lane and Farrington underground stations) is very convenient. Facilities are good. Dress code is smart. Fridays are dress down."
First year trainee, London
"Modern and relatively spacious. Facilities are typically good, in particular the gym in the office. The location is very central and very helpful in its proximity to the High Court. Dress code is relatively relaxed with a dress down Friday where jeans are often worn. Ties are rarely worn outside of meetings."
First year trainee, London
"Big, smart, modern offices. Centrally located. Good facilities: restaurant, coffee shop, free gym, wine bar, car/cycle parking, showers and changing rooms all in-house. Business causal dress code – suits but no need to wear ties unless meeting clients."
First year trainee, London
"Nice, professional building. Good bathrooms and excellent gym and classes. Dress code is smart and professional Monday–Thursday (though men can get away without wearing a tie unless meeting a client) and we have casual Fridays."
First year trainee, London
"Can't really fault the office – it has everything you would expect of a firm like this (restaurant, cafe, gym etc) and is in a good location. Great cookies in the meeting rooms too."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"The firm's location and space is good. The gym is a real bonus, although it would be nice to have a pool as well. The dress code is business casual with dress-down Friday every week. If you have client meetings normal suit attire is worn as a rule."
First year trainee, London
"The firm has quite a relaxed dress code - you can actually wear colour! The London office is very smart and well laid out. I have no complaints about the facilities."
Second year trainee, London
"The office is in a good location and has good facilities though the staff cafeteria is quite expensive. The dress code is relaxed with a dress down Friday policy every week."
First year trainee, London
"Our main office is lovely, but unfortunately I've recently been stuck across the road in the big 70s block. Dress code is quite relaxed; as a former hipster I was worried that the interpretation of dress down Fridays would be "is it acceptable on the golf course" but it has actually been remarkably fashionable."
First year trainee, London
"We have a nice office with good facilities, e.g. gym, restaurant, etc. on site - we are in a good location next to Farringdon and Chancery Lane. The dress code is not too formal - e.g. men don't usually wear ties and everyone at the firm does casual Friday."
First year trainee, London
"The offices are lovely. They are very bright and my office is very big. The dress code is formal but we have casual Fridays!"
First year trainee, London
"Dress code isn't too uptight which is nice, obviously you have to look smart but there's a bit of leeway - it's not just formal suits!"
First year trainee, London

2014

"The offices are modern and well designed and kept with the gym being a bonus, (although the restaurant is a bit over-priced in my opinion). The dress code is standard with a dress down Friday policy."
First year trainee, London
"Excellent offices, well-located with great facilities. The dress code is suits Monday-Thursday, dress down Friday (unless you have meetings, etc)."
Second year trainee, Hong Kong
"The dress code is smart. The offices are spacious and light with a particularly impressive client floor with views of the city. I like the swinging water feature. The in-house gym is very useful and the classes at lunch time and after office hours have really good instructors. Having our own private access to a wine bar isn't too bad either."
Second year trainee, London
"Modern, good quality offices. The dress code is standard business attire. Dress down Friday."
Second year trainee, London
"The location of our office is great for me; very near Tube and Thameslink (Farringdon/City Thameslink). The gym, restaurant, etc. are all nice. Dress codes vary between departments, but can be quite relaxed. We have dress down Fridays also."
First year trainee, London
"The office is very stylish and modern. The gym downstairs is well equipped and there are classes every day. As with any other law firm, the dress code is business-focused."
Second year trainee, London
"Both Atlantic House and 21 Holborn Viaduct are well-kept and clean."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"Very nice client areas. Offices are quite nice too. Gym is a massive bonus. Staff cafeteria is alright - sometimes questionable. Good location, near other law firms and courts."
First year trainee, London
"Offices are nice. Staff cafeteria is handy but food is pretty bad and sometimes not as cheap as it should be. Dress code can be quite relaxed - depends on the department. There is a gym which is handy, it isn't amazing but useful."
Second year trainee, London
"Lovely offices, great location. Smart casual dress code. The best cookies in the meeting rooms!"
First year trainee, London
"London office is amazing with a huge cafeteria and a collegiate office space with lots of open spaces. Dress code is smart, yet cool...You don't have to wear a penguin suit."
Second year trainee, London
"The office is lovely, the staff cafeteria and coffee bar are very good, and the downstairs wine bar is great too. The gym is excellent - plenty of classes and cheap personal trainer sessions. The dress code - business casual - looks smart but is comfortable and practical. I like that there isn't any pressure to wear make-up, heels etc, just to look professional."
First year trainee, London
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