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Culture

8.6 / 10

(based on 18 ratings in 2015)

2015

"In terms of culture there are friendly staff here. The firm has drinks on the last Thursday of every month, and everyone is invited to attend. We have various sports teams, including a netball team, where any female member of the office can take part."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"Although working hours vary hugely between teams and some are more sociable than others, overall I find that the firm is very sociable."
First year trainee, London
"As a result of the high retention rates I see a culture of inclusiveness and teamwork here."
First year trainee, London
"The hierarchy seems quite democratic to me, with partners taking care of solicitors and trainees. There is a range of socialising - be it whether monthly staff drinks or with clients."
First year trainee, London
"While I find that there is a clear hierarchy here, I find that anyone can be approached about anything. I feel no issue approaching partners and the teamwork between colleagues is second to none."
Second year trainee, London
"During office hours the firm is focused and hard-working. Fee earners at all levels are approachable and are willing to assist trainees where possible. Out of office hours, the social life is what you make of it, and as a group of trainees we try to socialise together as much as possible."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is made up of very friendly and approachable individuals - I feel that we are a good social bunch. I have never felt micromanaged personally, and teamwork is highly encouraged."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is made of friendly, confident and sociable people which is evident at all levels. Teamwork is evident throughout."
First year trainee, Chelmsford
"The working culture in office hours is friendly and in my experience so far, supervisors and partners alike seem to be very approachable. The open-plan office greatly assists this ethos. To me socialising outside of office hours differs between teams but on the whole, it seems to exist throughout the firm. The monthly staff drinks/food put on by firm in top floor conference rooms is a welcoming offering."
First year trainee, London
"Both in the office and after-hours I think that all colleagues are approachable and friendly. There is a clear structure and hierarchy to the system which is easily laid out to you to achieve your goals."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"The advantage of the open-plan office is that it removes hierarchy to a certain extent. The partners are very approachable which encourages you to clarify instructions, and ask questions about tasks to ensure that you produce the right results."
First year trainee, London
"I have found that the atmosphere is convivial and collegiate - everyone is happy to help and there is no silo mentality with regards to helping a colleague."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a very strong, supportive culture lived by all staff and partners. As it's an open-plan office, hierarchy is kept to a minimum."
First year trainee, London
"The culture of the firm is great, supportive and collegiate. Everyone has been really friendly, with after-hours social culture - although this is confined to teams. The environment between the trainees is great since at Kennedys you study the PSC together before starting your first seat, allowing you to bond as a cohort."
First year trainee, London
"Everybody is very supportive and there are lots of socials. You don't have that pressure to go along at all so it's a great mix in my opinion. There is also virtually no elitism here; Partners and all senior solicitors are very down to earth and approachable."
First year trainee, London
"During office hours, team dynamics are great. Although a little hierarchy exists in my opinion, the open-plan office helps to subsidise the effect of this, making everyone within the team, including Partners, approachable and cooperative. Out of office socialising is great, with many events occurring every week and you are free to organise your own."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm has a very strong sense of teamwork!"
First year trainee, Cambridge
"We are very team orientated and make an effort to socialise monthly. There is a friendly atmosphere amongst colleagues."
First year trainee, Taunton
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