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7.4 / 10

(based on 17 ratings in 2015)

2015

"There is a largely friendly culture. Some very sharp minds are about, but overall it's a place full of people you can respect and learn from. The after-hours culture is quite social. The hierarchy factor in the office is always there, however it's not so rigid that it makes working with others intimidating."
First year trainee, London
"It is a friendly, quite sharp and hard-working culture. Some departments are more hierarchical than others, and some departments are more social than others but it is overall quite welcoming."
First year trainee, London
"Everyone is so friendly and it's great to be able to get on with colleagues inside and outside of work. Everyone from secretaries to partners are approachable and there really is an 'open-door' policy. Some departments focus more on hierarchy than others but this must happen in every law firm."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a collegiate atmosphere during hours, and after hours there is a very sociable culture."
First year trainee, London
"While I have found that partners are variable, there is a very good social/work culture among associates/trainees/support staff. I have seen good cooperation and teamwork."
First year trainee, London
"Some departments are more sociable than others, but the culture is generally pretty good. I think trainee events are improving too."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm has an 'open-door' policy and is a friendly place to work. Trainees sit in a two-person office with either a partner or managing associate. The social life is good with departments hosting Friday night drinks (on occasions) and away days. For a more informal social environment - the nearby pub, 'The Banker' is always busy on a Friday night."
First year trainee, London
"KWM has a relaxed, welcoming but professional environment. Friday drinks are a regular event."
First year trainee, London

2014

"The firm has a highly sociable culture amongst trainees, but there seems to be a hierarchy between trainees/associates/partners."
Second year trainee, London
"In finance there can be periods of long hours, but the people muck in together to get a job done and no one gets left behind in the office. There is a very collaborative approach between trainees, we all support each other to balance out the work load. There is also a lot of socialising amongst trainees."
First year trainee, London
"Generally the firm operates on the work hard play hard philosophy. The firm encourages social events and as a trainee you are strongly encouraged to get involved with bi-monthly trainee drinks, regular departmental and firm wide drinks events and seminars. Additionally, trainees are encouraged to get involved in sports and events like the annual client cyclosportive. The work environment is very cooperative and the firm definitely operates an 'open-door' policy and there is no such thing as a stupid question."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm has good co-operation, friendly colleagues and offers plenty of help when needed."
First year trainee, London
"The work culture is friendly and sociable with little hierarchy, especially from junior partners, etc."
First year trainee, London
"The work culture is a unique combination of very demanding and energetic work, but also in a very informal and down to earth environment."
Second year trainee, London
"The culture is changing since the combination with KWM. To me, there seems to be some hierarchy, but that works well on the allocation of work. People are very friendly and sociable with lots of events being organised firm-wide and for trainees."
Second year trainee, London
"I wouldn't say that there is much of a hierarchy here. Some of the best chats I've had have been with partners. Everyone wants to get to know you and there is always someone up for going out for a drink or grabbing a coffee."
First year trainee, London
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