Culture

7.8 / 10

(based on 23 ratings in 2017)

2017

"There's a flat hierarchy and partners and senior associates treat you with respect as fully-fledged members of the team. The firm is very social. Colleagues are easy to get on with and working with them is enjoyable. Social events are always successful."
First year trainee, London
"The firm prides itself on having an open and collaborative culture. Lawyers at all levels are eager for trainees to get involved and take the time to explain matters in detail. In turn, trainees build strong relationships with their colleagues and are trusted with a lot of responsibility. Outside of work, colleagues socialise through a number of initiatives such as weekly football and netball. There is also volunteer work at the Waterloo Legal Advice Centre and other pro bono initiatives and, of course, going for an after work drink."
Second year trainee, London
"The culture here is one of the big selling points as I didn't want to work for a stuffy law firm where I couldn't be myself. At JD, people are relaxed and have a good sense of humour, which makes the work easier. The non-rotational system creates a friendly and relaxed environment."
First year trainee, London
"The culture is the best thing about the firm. The partners and associates are great fun and are very welcoming when you need to ask questions. There is also very little hierarchy, which creates a more collegiate atmosphere."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a high level of trust. Trainees share offices with each other, enabling us to be independent even at this early stage in our training contract. Everyone is incredibly friendly and has a strong sense of team work. Trainees are never made to feel like they are at the bottom of the pile but always made to feel like part of the team. There's lots of socialising and it's a very pleasant working environment."
First year trainee, London
"It's non-hierarchical and inclusive but sometimes with less teamwork than you might expect. There's a good amount of socialising here."
First year trainee, London
"Social events, when held, are great fun. That said, there doesn't seem to be a great deal in the way of informal lunches etc that involve trainees."
Second year trainee, London
"There were some issues with transparency around retention that created a somewhat awkward atmosphere in the second half of my first year. Despite this, the firm is full of amiable, hardworking people who are at the top of their field and interested in your development. After work, there is a good turnout among both junior and senior employees at social events, which includes those arranged by the firm and more informal ones on Fridays etc."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm has a strong social scene with drinks after work at the Harrow being a favourite, particularly among certain departments. The hierarchy is flat and partners are approachable. However, decision making tends to be a little more opaque, especially with regard to retention."
Second year trainee, London
"The people are friendly and the culture is open and non-hierarchical. The hours can be long but associates, partners and trainees work together during these busy periods."
Second year trainee, London
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