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8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 20 ratings in 2018)
"Probably too committed."
8.6 / 10
Formal Training
9.1 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.7 / 10
7.4 / 10
8.0 / 10
7.3 / 10
Pro Bono
7.0 / 10


  • Both the internal and external training on offer is extensive and well organised.
  • There’s a collegiate atmosphere with good teamwork at the firm.
  • Retention rates are consistently very high and trainees are confident in their ability to remain at the firm.
  • The lack of billable hours targets is very popular among trainees.


  • Workloads can be unpredictable, which means hours can vary greatly.
  • The firm has very high expectations, which can make trainees feel pressured.
  • While the salary is very good, it is towards the lower end of the magic circle.
  • Some trainees would like more frequent feedback.

What insiders say about...

"Prepare yourself to have an opinion and stick to it, as there is an element of debate..."

"Slaughter and May´s culture is definitely a little reserved - trainees tend to socialise..."

"We get very comprehensive training during the training contract and lots of commercially..."

"Associates are very accessible. All are willing to give feedback and praise."

"The dress code is unspoken but pretty conservative, but I don't think that is specific..."

"I am generally out by 7/8:00pm. The worst thing isn't how long I spend there, it's..."

"I think the pay is good for trainee level, but that the new qualifier pay will need..."

"There are discounts at the Barbican centre. Free dinners and free taxis home. There's..."

"Very simple process based largely on your academics - no "What superhero would you..."

"The interview lasts an hour and there will be questions about an article that you..."

"Several events and initiatives to raise awareness. Separate bins for recyclable and..."

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

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

"I have had limited client interaction, but opportunities for responsibility are there..."

"Perhaps not as much as other firms, but there is still a decent amount such as law..."

"High level of responsibility early on. Everyone is good at their job. Extensive training...."

"High pressure: must pass LPC first time."

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

"High, especially if people just want to go to general corporate/financing seats...."

"The canteen does some of the best homemade cakes in the City."

"Genuinely committed to excellence, but fairly hierarchical."

"The firm works with organisations to help people from less privileged backgrounds..."

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

"Ask supervisors to give more feedback."

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