Get the inside buzz from graduates at Slaughter and May

8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 46 ratings in 2016)
"The law firm clients come to when they need to bet the farm."
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...

"CV and cover letter only. Intelligence and potential is highly valued. Don't be arrogant...."

"Very friendly and the 'no face-time' notion really does permeate the culture. Nobody..."

"Training at the firm is very extensive. Some weeks can have up to eight-nine hours..."

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

"Well located between Moorgate and Barbican stations. All facilities are of a high..."

"I'm in Corporate so it's a biased experience. I live with two other lawyers who have..."

"Very competitive within the city. Cannot complain."

"Amazing art passes, discounts at the Barbican etc, as a culture vulture I make full..."

"I think it is a very fair interview and really gives you the chance to 'sell you..."

"Most of the questions I was asked were based on an article I had just read, and on..."

"The firm has made a commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 40%. Other initiatives..."

"The firm has strong diversity programmes and an LGBT network that regularly hosts..."

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

"On balance, it's high-quality bespoke work. Where trainees are too often performing..."

"Slaughter and May is involved with the tutoring of school students from local sc..."

"Opportunity to get really involved in transactional work. No 'face-time' culture..."

"Intensity of work over very short periods of time (but only occasionally)."

"Very strong in the corporate law sphere. Multi-specialist approach really sets it..."

"The retention rates at Slaughter are excellent and we are encouraged to consider..."

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

"Conservative."

"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..."

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

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