Culture

7.6 / 10

(based on 8 ratings in 2017)

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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