Get the inside buzz from graduates at Slaughter and May

8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 46 ratings in 2016)
"An exciting challenge that brings a sense of fulfilment."
8.1 / 10
Formal Training
8.9 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.7 / 10
7.5 / 10
7.0 / 10
6.7 / 10
Pro Bono
7.6 / 10


  • 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.


  • 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.

What insiders say about...

"The interview is focused on your CV, so it is well worth ensuring that you are totally..."

"Social in a relaxed way, without a pressure to be social. No face-time culture, so..."

"We have a comprehensive training programme, which includes a fortnight of training..."

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

"Offices are nice although a bit low key. Facilities are good but some things are..."

"The firm is usually quite flexible. I have been very pleasantly surprised. If you..."

"The pay could be more substantial at NQ level, although the trainee salaries are..."

"Our restaurant is fairly decent and the post 9:00pm taxi home is very useful. There..."

"CV and cover letter. Analysing a newspaper article. The interview seemed to be more..."

"The interview mainly asked questions about my CV, extra-curricular activities and..."

"The firm makes significant efforts in terms of the environment including a commitment..."

"Open culture (lots of diversity networks), and the usual City commitment to increasing..."

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

"I have had quite a lot of contact with clients in three of my four seats. The quality..."

"Interviewing candidates for a social mobility work experience programme. Helping..."

"Multi-specialism so every day is different. If you do a finance seat, then this involves..."

"The policy that 'no news is good news' means that feedback can be hard to come by,..."

"The firm's reputation prompted me to go to the presentation that was given at my..."

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

"It advises more UK-listed companies than any other law firm."

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

"The firm runs open days for potential applicants from specific groups."

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

"Slightly less administrative work."

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