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8.6 / 10

(based on 8 ratings in 2018)

2018

"There is a flat hierarchy. Partners are very approachable and the deal teams are small so everyone has a lot of responsibility. However, the flip side is that our workload is always high and there is very much a 24/7 email culture. The firm does organise very good social events for when you can afford to take time off work, though."
Second year trainee, London
"We have a great culture generally. The only thing I'd say is that people can sometimes get too wrapped up in work and cancel social plans."
Second year trainee, London
"For such a fast-paced, motivated and high-achieving environment, everybody is very friendly and relaxed. There is a genuine open-door policy and trainees are given significant responsibility from day one, though don't expect a heavy management style. You will be expected to manage your own workload and development to an extent."
Second year trainee, London
"The culture of the office is exceptional. The only downside is that it requires a huge amount of hard work."
Second year trainee, London
"The culture at Kirkland is really collegiate and everyone is really friendly both in and out of the office. There is no hierarchy and the partners really make an effort to be approachable and to include trainees in calls and meetings. The culture among the trainees is really supportive. There have been multiple occasions where I have been slammed and another trainee has pitched in to help. There are team drinks and office-wide parties and people are generally keen to grab a drink on a Friday evening too."
Second year trainee, I'm currently on secondment in New York but I am based in London.

2017

"There's a very flat hierarchy with an open-door policy. All partners are young, which is great as we often have team drinks and closing lunches so it helps if you also get on with your colleagues."
Second year trainee, London
"The culture is the right balance between hard-working and relaxed. Everyone is always busy but people are still happy to take the time to explain what is going on or just have a coffee and a chat. I've worked directly with senior partners but also for new qualifiers and everyone else in between. The teams are too small for any hierarchy to develop and everyone is respected, regardless of their position. Completion lunches and drinks are always good fun and the summer and holiday parties are amazing. There are also more random team events and the majority of people make an effort to attend, even if only for a short while."
First year trainee, London
"Incredibly friendly and hardworking. These are the two main qualities here."
First year trainee, London
"Most people are very approachable and friendly. There's lots of socialising."
Second year trainee, London
"It is an environment where everyone is very driven but, unlike what the market may sometimes say, it is not cutthroat."
Other - NQ (end of qualification year), London

2016

"There's quite a flat hierarchy with very friendly trainees and lots of socialising. However, it can also get individualistic and competitive sometimes."
First year trainee, London
"The culture is very meritocratic: hard work and motivation are thoroughly rewarded."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"The firm has a flat structure, and partners are generally very approachable. The London office has several office-wide social activities throughout the year, such as the attorney retreat to Hampshire, the Christmas and summer parties, Halloween drinks in the office, etc."
Second year trainee, Hong Kong (seconded from London)
"The firm culture is the best thing about it - I don't get an oppressive sense of hierarchy and there is a good gender balance in the office. You get the sense that people are valued for what they do rather than how long they have been at the firm or who they are per se."
First year trainee, London
"The firm has a non-hierarchical structure and a strong team-work ethic. In my experience, colleagues don't seem to socialise very regularly outside of work but do have strong social bonds within the work environment."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is a very friendly place and everyone wants to get on. The hierarchy is as flat as it can be (all trainees tend to sit with partners) and everyone mixes at the social events (and there are plenty of these)."
Second year trainee, London
"In office the culture is friendly and colleagues are very approachable, though when deals are at their peak it can be difficult to stop and ask questions. In terms of structure there is no hierarchy, due to several lateral hires. Everyone is approachable and ready to help."
First year trainee, London
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