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8.0 / 10

(based on 17 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Almost everyone at the firm is very friendly, open and welcoming. They are very understanding if you make a mistake and try to ensure that you're coping with your workload. Teams work very well together. Cases are usually run by a partner and worked on by one associate and one trainee. However, for bigger cases, multiple associates are often involved. Trainees occasionally go out for a drink and there is a firm-wide curry night, which is popular. The sports and social committee also organise theatre trips."
First year trainee, London
"The open-plan office adds positively to the culture and there are great office-wide socials. I would like more organised team socials, though."
Second year trainee, London
"Culture in the office is excellent. Everyone mucks in for work where required and the partners, trainees and associates all work as a balanced team. Most often you will be given tasks straight from the partners and will report to them directly. Socialising outside of work is largely left to the individuals themselves, though the social committee work hard to organise drinks and events throughout the year."
First year trainee, London
"Culture in the office is very friendly and plenty of social events are arranged."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"The office is open-plan, which means hierarchy isn't as obvious. We have happy teams and there are often lots of sports and social activities such as cinema nights, ice hockey tickets and after-work drinks."
Second year trainee, Surrey
"The office is open-plan and you do feel as though you can ask anyone in the office for advice or help at any time. Whether they're floor support, PAs, paralegals, associates or partners, people are always willing to help you and want you to learn and develop. You therefore get to know everyone well. There is certainly a feeling that you are working as part of a team and you feel valued as a trainee. We regularly have small celebrations in the department for all manner of achievements and events, and it's small things like these that make the firm feel like a lovely place to work. There are regular social events both in departments and firm-wide. The trainees get together for events very often and regularly eat lunch together."
First year trainee, London
"There is a real emphasis on creating a happy and productive team of solicitors. This is achieved by great flexible working policies for those who need it, good management of staff workload and weekly social events."
First year trainee, Guildford
"When I started my training contract, everyone at the firm was very welcoming and interested to get to know me. The firm definitely has an open-door policy and I have been made to feel that I am able to ask questions since day one – no matter how daft they seem to me! The firm is very much focused on trainees learning, so everyone is very helpful in order to help you do the best job as a trainee that you can. Outside of the office, the sports and social committee are great at organising events and getting everyone involved. Over the coming weeks, we have the Oxford Beer and Cider Festival, a bowling trip and the Christmas party to look forward to, amidst numerous bake sales in aid of charity. The teams are also very keen to get to know their new trainees and so, when I started my corporate seat, I was taken out for a lovely welcome lunch with the team."
First year trainee, Oxford

2015

"The firm has a strong regional presence, and this has influenced the culture of the London office. With a London presence, it is able to compete for city quality work, yet it retains the pleasant environment of a more regional firm. The firm has a fairly non-hierarchical structure, and social events are encouraged. I have regularly worked directly with partners and they have shown a genuine interest in my opinion and thought process."
Second year trainee, London
"Partners are very approachable. My current work is in a small team which means that if I can't speak to my partner, a senior associate is always available. After-hours socialising could be better, outside of the big organised events, but an imminent combining of the Surrey offices will probably help with that. Firm and office-wide events are generally well attended, with an active sports and social committee in each office."
Second year trainee, Guildford
"In terms of social events, the Sport and Social Committee put on a number of events throughout the year which are always good fun. We also have quarterly trainee events which allow all the trainees from every office to get together in London for some drinks. Communication between teams within departments could be better, but most are well-tiered, offering sufficient support to those lower down."
First year trainee, London
"I found the firm to be hard-working, friendly and inclusive. I felt like a true part of the team, and I was acknowledged as a part of the firm's future."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is friendly, approachable, social and inclusive."
Second year trainee, London
"At the firm there is no real sense of hierarchy as everyone is approachable and willing to help. Different departments work in different ways but generally there is a lot of teamwork with everyone supporting each other. That said, there could be more socialising opportunities outside of London."
Second year trainee, Guildford

2014

"Penningtons Manches is a very sociable and personable place to work. There are always organised sports and social events to attend across the offices. There is not a hierarchical feeling here as all partners are approachable and come to have a chat with you frequently about how you are getting on. Offices also work well together on deals and cases."
First year trainee, Reading
"Office hours are very good, there have been late nights but these are rare and it is normal to leave the office at around 6:30pm. During my time there has been very little socialising among colleagues, including trainees, and there have been few social events. Still, the more senior employees and partners are all very friendly and you are encouraged to seek out more responsibility where possible."
Second year trainee, London
"Generally in my experience all colleagues are approachable, but there is some recognition of hierarchy, and there is more socialising amongst the junior level employees. Teamwork levels vary depending on the department."
Second year trainee, Oxford
"The firm is certainly friendly and I work well with all of my colleagues. However, I do feel that we could benefit from a more structured and regular social calendar. Having said that, the firm events I have attended have been thoroughly enjoyable."
Second year trainee, Basingstoke
"The work culture is very welcoming; everyone is very friendly and helpful. There are also many social events to go to, particularly arranged by trainees."
First year trainee, Basingstoke
"There is very little in the way of hierarchy here and I don't feel any trepidation approaching my partner for help, and likewise with the associates whom I work with. A few more after work drinks might not go amiss, but there are good parties in the summer and Christmas, and the recently formed work band has been a great feature in the last few events."
Second year trainee, Guildford
"Work culture is friendly and open, with various teams and events organised for socialising out of the office, and the work hours are not very restrictive."
Second year trainee, Oxford
"In the office everyone is very approachable, although, the social events could be better after working hours."
First year trainee, London

2013

"Great team ethos, monthly socials with trainees."
First year trainee, Guildford
"There is a good social atmosphere but the nature varies amongst the different offices. There is a friendly working atmosphere and partners regularly interact with everyone so there is not an intimidating feeling of hierarchy."
Second year trainee, Basingstoke
"Great work/life balance. No formal sense of hierarchy as there are no individual offices and everyone speaks to each other on the same level, which in turn helps develop a friendly atmosphere in the office and promotes teamwork. Work socials could be more frequent."
Newly qualified solicitor, Basingstoke
"The relatively small trainee intake means that people get to know each other quite well. The firm provide many social events, (I am going to the annual pub quiz next week), which are attended by staff members of varying seniority and roles, which means you become acquainted with people quickly. I have found this has made my job here easier."
Second year trainee, London
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