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Culture

8.5 / 10

(based on 22 ratings in 2016)

2016

"An excellent balance of hardworking, diligent people who also have personalities. The atmosphere, size and general gregariousness of the firm stands out in my opinion."
First year trainee, London
"The culture is very good and we are certainly not expected to be seen to be in the office if we have completed all our work. It's totally acceptable to leave the office at 5.30 pm/6.00 pm if you can because you will undoubtedly have your fair share of late nights too. There is a real open-door policy here and people are more than happy to help you with queries even if you're not directly working for them."
First year trainee, London
"The hierarchy is genuinely flat because of the non-rotational training system. Associates and partners with whom you work often take time out of their days to get to know you and even after finishing a deal the associates in particular are more than happy to give you advice on projects that they are not directly working on."
First year trainee, London
"There's not much of a hierarchy and you have flexibility in your working schedule. The onus is on you to do however much you can/want. Great people. Definitely suits a particularly social, confident-yet-humble personality type."
First year trainee, London
"There is no concept of 'face time' in this office, presumably because trainees do not have just one supervisor. The hierarchy is very flat and because trainees are not assigned to particular departments, we can muck in and help each other out when required."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a great culture both inside and outside the office. Partners regularly invite trainees and associates for drinks on Friday and there are also a lot of more formal events organised by the firm."
Second year trainee, London
"The office is full of charming and intelligent people. Partners are down to earth and treat you as humans. The hours are those of every corporate law firm, though if I have no work on I really have no qualms about leaving at 5.30 pm on the dot. I've worked with some brilliant associates and partners and I've socialised with my teams out of the office pretty regularly, usually at one of the pubs nearby. The firm parties are great. At Christmas, each department has a separate party, and the trainees are invited to all."
Second year trainee, London
"In some ways, the culture is everything you want it to be and more. People are friendly, few take themselves too seriously, and the expertise of the senior lawyers really is second to none in a lot of cases. Every now and then, there's a bit of a sense that the US is the priority focus. That's to be expected from a firm which started in the US and whose managing partner runs it from the US, but I wish there was a bit more transparency and investment in additional infrastructure in London (eg a larger HR department)."
Second year trainee, London
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