Get the inside buzz from graduates at Slaughter and May

8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 46 ratings in 2016)
"Smart, interesting and innovative people."
  • 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.
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

What insiders say about...

"Candidates with strong academic backgrounds with an interest in the law. Work out..."

"The culture is fine, the people for the most part are nice. There is fairly strict..."

"The training we receive is extremely strong and diverse. It ranges from broad overview..."

"Most people are good at copying you in with their client communications when you..."

"The firm´s offices are very good (convenient in terms of location, plenty of space,..."

"The hours can be long, but that is to be expected at a Magic Circle firm. However,..."

"Salaries are good enough that we can't complain, but are clearly lower than at US..."

"Free tickets to sports and cultural events, free dinners and taxis in the evenings,..."

"Slaughter and May were unusual in that they only required a CV and covering letter..."

"My interview included a long discussion about whether companies should pay tax on..."

"We make an effort at recycling and are encouraged to take tubes over taxis."

"The firm is committed but its commitment doesn't show through in the stats. For example:..."

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

"Good quality of work right from the outset of qualification. Good levels of client..."

"Pro bono projects that are available include: law centre volunteering; GCSE tutoring;..."

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

"Long, unpredictable hours. Lack of transparency."

"Magic Circle reputation and everything you get with that."

"The firm has an excellent retention rate and a good policy for offering places in..."

"We have a jukebox in the canteen that was given to the firm by a past client."

"High-achieving, intense, challenging."

"The firm runs an access programme."

"It depends. In my first two weeks, I was very stressed because I was launched straight..."

"Better allocation of work among trainees and smoother transition between seats."

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