Get the inside buzz from graduates at Slaughter and May

8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 46 ratings in 2016)
"A bit misunderstood - less stuffy than people think."
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.

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