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Culture

8.5 / 10

(based on 22 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Plenty of opportunity to get involved in the culture, pro bono, charity work and sports teams. Socialising varies between teams."
First year trainee, London
"The culture is friendly and sociable. Most people are helpful. However, in some teams there is a face-time culture, which is not what I expected. There is a clear sense of hierarchy in some teams as well."
First year trainee, London
"Professional, but not stuffy. Friendly, but still ambitious. Social events aren't plentiful (probably because work/life balance is valued and people want to get home to see family and friends outside of the office). Co-operation and teamwork is genuinely high but does vary across teams. Although law is, by its nature, hierarchical, you feel that you're a valued part of the team and your comments and suggestions are appreciated and taken on board even as a trainee."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm has a strong culture. It's very open and is genuinely a great environment to work in. Partners are friendly too and there are lots of social events firm-wide. There are perhaps not enough team-specific events."
First year trainee, London
"People in the office are approachable and friendly. Questions are welcomed as they show that you are interested in the work (as long as it's not something you could have figured out for yourself as everyone's time is at a premium). There is a real team focus with partners and senior associates also staying late when required rather than leaving the junior members of the team to plough on. Outside of work, some teams are good at socialising. You get to know your intake well at law school and often we get together for lunch or drinks in the evening."
Second year trainee, London
"Hierarchy is very conducive to a functional working environment. It's rigid when it needs to be but is easily broken down. Partners (and other staff in senior positions) are easy to talk to and very personable. That said, everyone has a superb appreciation for hard work, which helps drive daily performance."
Second year trainee, London
"Very good culture within the team. Everyone is friendly but still professional."
First year trainee, London
"The firm has an open-door policy and trainees are encouraged to get involved and ask questions of anyone in the team or wider office. Everyone works hard but also has a life and interests outside of work. There are socials, lunches, Christmas and summer parties, away days and all sorts of events in the different teams and sub-teams and for the trainees. We have all kinds of sports teams, volunteering opportunities and an award-winning choir. There is plenty to get involved in and people do get involved. There is definitely a team atmosphere across the firm."
First year trainee, London
"Extremely social and welcoming culture. All the partners are very friendly and (virtually) always happy to take the time to explain things or answer questions."
First year trainee, London

2015

"The culture of the firm is flexible and friendly. There is no strict hierarchy here and there is a good team spirit."
First year trainee, London
"Although I find that hours can be long, there isn't too much 'face-time' required here and the people are incredibly nice to work with."
Second year trainee, Sydney
"In terms of culture, there is a great deal of extra-curricular activity here, and partners get involved as much as the trainees do."
First year trainee, London
"The firm has an open-door policy, and partners stay late with juniors if it is required. There is a good amount of socialising when we are not busy."
Second year trainee, London
"The people are great, really down to earth, nobody thinks too highly of themselves or of the profession. Everyone works hard and has lives outside of work."
First year trainee, London
"There could be more organised social events, but in the Paris office the team are really friendly, and make an effort to make you feel welcome."
First year trainee, Paris
"In terms of culture, I see that there are plenty of activities away from the desk: lots of sports teams, a choir, pro bono and charity fundraising. In addition to this, management is often visible and present, which gives more a sense of inclusion and togetherness."
Second year trainee, London
"I think that the culture at the firm is great and I think that there is little hierarchy. There is a very nice bunch of trainees, and contact between them and associates/partners is good."
Second year trainee, Paris
"The office is very friendly and has a remarkably relaxed hierarchy. Having played a number of sports with a mixed level of the firm's seniority, it’s easy to see that hierarchical barriers are easily broken down. There are always plenty of social or volunteering opportunities to get involved in."
First year trainee, London
"Within Norton Rose Fulbright there is a very supportive culture. Everyone I have come across; from partners and associates to support staff, has always been more than happy to answer questions and offer assistance. There is definitely a team atmosphere."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"The culture is genuinely friendly - it feels like it is in the firm's blood. Whilst there is an obvious hierarchy and as a trainee I know my place, I have been impressed by the lack of hierarchy between fee earners and support staff. This is something that is reiterated to trainees constantly. In any case, the support staff are all lovely."
First year trainee, London
"The culture is open and friendly both inside and outside of working hours. The trainees within each intake are often good friends and socialise outside of work, and whilst as in all law firms there is a hierarchy associates and partners are generally approachable. The teams hold pretty regular social events, although there are few London office/firm-wide events."
Second year trainee, London
"The trainees are a great bunch - we often go for drinks on a Friday and always have lunch together in the canteen (it feels a bit like school). Structure and hierarchy is otherwise very team dependent - the weekly drinks trolleys provided by some teams are a great way to meet people you don't work with and lend a more relaxed feel to the working environment."
Second year trainee, London
"Great sense of camaraderie after-hours which is enhanced by the countless organisations, initiatives and sports teams arranged by people around the firm."
First year trainee, London
"Norton Rose Fulbright is known for its positive culture. It has remained a friendly and cooperative firm throughout its expansion and mergers."
Second year trainee, London
"Very sociable - the trainee social committee has a very respectable budget given to them. Plenty of sports/arts clubs to get involved with."
First year trainee, London
"Everyone is positive and friendly. There are lots of social activities and there is an 'open-door' policy. Everyone is happy to answer questions and there are lots of extra-curricular activities to get involved in."
First year trainee, London
"'Open-door', friendly atmosphere at work - each trainee gets a partner mentor and sits with a partner which helps to blur the lines of any hierarchy that inherently exists at all law firms. Lots of social events from sport to singing and plenty of opportunity to drink with colleagues (starting at work with drinks trolley) in the many watering holes round London Bridge."
First year trainee, London

2013

"The culture at NR is second to none. Having worked in the London and Singapore office, (where we got to know trainees from all the big firms), it has really stood out to me that NR encourage a 'work hard, socialise hard culture' globally across the firm."
Second year trainee, London
"The culture at the firm is generally very inclusive, with a number of events in the summer. Ultimately, the firm is what we make it, and there is scope to begin new sports societies or captain them, and there is the will, (and the budget), to hold events for the whole firm, for particular societies or with clients, if they are well thought through."
Second year trainee, London
"Socialising amongst the various trainee intakes is high and inclusive for those trainees who didn't go to law school with the rest of their intake for whatever reason. I thought before I joined that there was a pervasive NR culture but once I started it is clear that each department has a very different atmosphere and attitude."
First year trainee, London
"Trainees and other fee earners socialise regularly. Supervisors are generally very understanding in regard to work/life balance."
First year trainee, London
"A lively social scene, especially in London. Good teamwork in and across all teams and offices."
First year trainee, Paris
"Very friendly and approachable colleagues, regular social events and nights out, regular team and trainee lunches."
First year trainee, London
"Overall there is an attitude of getting the job done to a high standard without spending every waking hour in the office. Good degree of socialising outside of the office and associates are generally keen to invite the trainees along too. Trainees also organise a lot of social events amongst themselves."
First year trainee, London
"It's a serious place where people work very hard but there is no expectation to put in 'face-time'. Plenty of formal and informal opportunities to socialise with other trainees."
Second year trainee, London
"You'll only stay late when it's necessary. Teams are supportive and understanding."
First year trainee, London
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