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8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 46 ratings in 2016)
"Intelligent, high quality of work, prestigious."
Pros: 
  • Internal and external training are both extensive and well-organised.
  • There are no billable hours targets.
  • A collegiate atmosphere with good teamwork.
  • Very high retention rate.
Cons: 
  • Workloads can be unpredictable, making it difficult to know when late nights will be.
  • The firm has very high expectations, which can make trainees feel pressured.
  • May not be as sociable as other firms.
  • While the salary is very good, it is towards the bottom of the magic circle.
Culture
8.1 / 10
 
Formal Training
8.9 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
8.7 / 10
 
Hours
7.5 / 10
 
Salary
7.0 / 10
 
 
Diversity
6.7 / 10
 
Pro Bono
7.6 / 10
 
 

What insiders say about...

"The application consisted of CV and cover letter, then a couple of written tests..."

"Friendly atmosphere at work, but in my experience not a great deal of socialisin..."

"There are several devoted training sessions on legal topics, as well as on more general..."

"Good system of formal feedback. All associates/partners I have worked for have been..."

"Very well located and extremely good facilities. Dress code is professional but not..."

"The hours are fairly unpredictable and weekends aren't sacred - but I was aware of..."

"Bonuses a bit stingy but salaries are in line with other City firms."

"Perks include taxis home after 9:00pm, frequent free tickets to arts events, BUPA..."

"Getting a training contract with Slaughter and May is difficult in terms of competition,..."

"Expect to argue about a particular topic based on an article you are provided with...."

"Staff are encouraged to take public transport where we can. The lights are all on..."

"Strong commitment to diversity that does not match its reputation. A significant..."

"Beyond qualification, all solicitors are associates, theoretically equal in rank..."

"The role is very varied, from research to sending emails and memos of advice. Due..."

"I'm a member of the Employee Charity Committee, which organises various events to..."

"The firm works like a well-oiled machine, people are very polite and friendly, hours..."

"Even for a top City law firm, the hours can be demanding."

"They take their work seriously and expect the highest performance standards, but..."

"The firm tends to be above 90% for its retention rate, although this slipped recently...."

"One of the firm's founders composed music and climbed to the summit of Mont Blanc..."

"A friendly, innovative and efficient firm that is driven by excellence."

"There is neither positive nor negative discrimination. It all comes down to how well..."

"I'm not particularly stressed as a trainee but I get the impression it gets more..."

"I would like the firm to provide more opportunities for international secondment..."

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