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8.8 / 10

(based on 15 ratings in 2016)

2016

"You are expected to work hard. However, everyone is extremely helpful and accommodating. People at all levels encourage you to ask questions and are worried if you do not. If you are asked to work late, you will not be left working by yourself, someone will be there assisting or working on other parts of the matter. The firm is incredibly social and trainees and associates regularly go for drinks on a Friday evening. It is common to see a drinks trolley or two around the firm on a Friday afternoon."
First year trainee, London
"Fantastic. The people here are excellent at what they do, but they are also lovely."
First year trainee, London
"This varies from department to department and I would say that each has its own unique culture. There isn't too much of a hierarchy and partners and senior associates are approachable for the most part. I have seen lots of evidence of teamwork since I have been here and people of all levels are usually happy to offer assistance if you have a problem. People are very friendly and most departments are very good at organising social events and drinks trolleys. Trainees socialise every Friday at one of the local pubs."
First year trainee, London
"There is an open door policy. Every level of staff is treated equally. The paralegals and secretaries talk daily to partners etc and get involved in drinks trollies. There are sports teams organised both firm-wide and departmentally. People get on very well."
First year trainee, London
"The culture is very open and there is very little hierarchy. As a trainee, you will sometimes work directly for partners and they will often take the time to explain matters or concepts to you."
Second year trainee, London
"The culture is renowned for being extremely friendly. Partners' doors are always open and everyone is very approachable. It is a fairly relaxed environment and stress is treated seriously with understanding and support. There are plenty of social activities to get involved in, ranging from sports to baking. Usually they are linked with our charity of the year for fundraising purposes."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"Sociability tends to vary depending on the department. My current department wheels out a drinks trolley for most events and we have regular social events planned. There is very much an 'open-door' policy and partners are very approachable."
First year trainee, London
"Each team seems to have a different culture, some more distinct than others. Broadly, the teams are friendly and inclusive - this is a little different in transactional, where workloads and hours take their toll on people. There are a mix of partners, (some are more relaxed than others), but none are unapproachable or off limits."
Second year trainee, London
"The culture is very open and friendly. I am working with colleagues at all levels and people are always willing to give you time to ask questions and discuss. There are quite a few social events organised within the department."
First year trainee, London
"Depending on the department, colleagues are usually very social. In the office, people work together with respect and senior members of the firm do take time to teach and train junior colleagues and trainees."
First year trainee, London
"There are a number of social events, and I am involved with both the football and cricket teams. There are also a lot of opportunities to do corporate social responsibility/pro bono work. The culture is very professional, but at the same time, there is a good sense of teamwork and people are generally inviting and happy to assist with any questions."
First year trainee, London
"There is a good atmosphere at the office. Teams are generally well structured and balanced - and there is usually an atmosphere of cooperation. The degree to which hierarchy is seen/felt will depend on the department. There could be more socialising amongst colleagues and firm-generated activities outside of work."
First year trainee, London
"The firm has an excellent culture overall, although the culture does vary slightly from department to department. Most departments have a good social calendar both at peer level and across the department. Departments do tend to be structured but within that, there is a huge amount of teamwork and I have found contributions at all levels are valued."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a hierarchy, as much as you would expect in private practice but in some departments you feel it more than in others. People work well in teams and are generally happy to help each other out. What may lack to a certain extent, are more occasions to socialise amongst colleagues."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"The firm has a hierarchy as all firms do. Each department has its team of specialists. Colleagues are friendly and will help you when you need their assistance. Certain teams are small, whereas others are bigger, depending on the case. In general, teams work very well. Trainees socialise quite a lot with each other outside working hours, which creates a nice atmosphere at work. On certain Fridays, we have a drinks trolley in the department which offers a good chance to socialise in a less formal environment."
First year trainee, London
"My experience in the firm has been very positive in terms of culture and inclusivity. I have been treated with the utmost respect and have worked with professional and friendly colleagues. I often work one-on-one with partners which is a great learning experience. The hours tend to be quite long (approximately 9:30am-9:00pm) but do vary between departments. We have a good number of work social events in the departments and with graduate recruitment when we have vacation schemes or new trainees joining."
Second year trainee, London
"There are often drinks on Fridays after work. All the trainees are friends outside of the office so often socialise on the weekends as well. Amongst the trainees there is a strong collegiate atmosphere rather than a competitive one. Coming into the summer there are lots of sports activities which is great for socialising with associates as well."
First year trainee, London
"Most of the trainees are very sociable and enjoy spending time with each other after hours. There is a good support network in the firm so you don't feel adrift or overwhelmed. The hierarchy is not particularly rigid as the trainees and partners interact regularly."
First year trainee, London
"Everyone is very approachable. Good team spirit and teamwork. There are some social events but these could do with more variety."
First year trainee, London
"There is a hierarchy but my experience so far has been that this is much more obvious during office hours - when socialising outside of office hours hierarchy is much less apparent. During office hours, everyone remains approachable but you would pick who you approached sensibly. There is good teamwork across departments, and departments all seem to make an effort to socialise outside the office whenever possible."
First year trainee, London
"The firm organises a couple of charity events each year, including 'Mayer Brown's Got Talent' and a Pub Quiz, which bring together individuals from across the firm, both lawyers and support staff at all levels. While there may be long hours, (especially so in some departments), there is a also a strong sense of teamwork and working together to get the job done in the most efficient, and effective, manner. Drinks trolleys in the office allow team members to socialise and get to know one another, which creates a friendly and hierarchy-free environment in which to work."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"There is a great deal of socialising amongst trainees, we have lunch together on a daily basis and frequently organise after-work social events. All levels of the hierarchy work together as a team and each person is often willing to stay late to help each other out. Teamwork is a key value of the firm and it is this aspect of the firm which leads to my high level of job satisfaction."
First year trainee, London
"The culture here is Anglo-American rather than American. Trainees all attend same LPC so interaction is good. It's not too hierarchical; there are very few people who take themselves too seriously but you must take the work seriously."
Second year trainee, London
"Everyone is genuinely friendly and down to earth, and willing to give responsibility to people down the chain if you've demonstrated an aptitude for dealing with it."
Second year trainee, London
"It is really friendly, anyone you pass on the corridor smiles or says hi and there are always trainees to join for lunch at the canteen (and often, dinner!). We are a close intake having studied at Kaplan Law School together and often organise our own nights out."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a good work ethic here and the higher-ups in the firm are not afraid to speak to those of us just starting out, of which I am very appreciative."
First year trainee, London
"It varies between departments - some make a real effort to include trainees as part of the team and to treat them almost like associates whereas other departments maintain a very rigid hierarchy. All of the trainees get on very well and come from a fairly varied background - there is no 'Mayer Brown' type which I value a lot. I think this is a real strength of the firm, however I get the sense that our recruitment policies are targeting a narrower pool of people now."
Second year trainee, London
"As hierarchical as you'd expect at a City law firm, but not overly so, other than supervisors. Often end up working with associates and getting little interaction with partners. Generally good relationships between trainees (and other employees), including lunches together and drinks, etc. (though very little organised by the firm). Feels a bit US in certain departments (cough Finance cough)."
Second year trainee, London
"Long hours and strict hierarchy in some departments, but the vast majority are very friendly."
First year trainee, London
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