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.

What insiders say about...

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

"Not a lot of outside-of-firm socialising but good culture in the office."

"The firm´s training programmes are of very high quality, with firm-wide training,..."

"There are no billable hours targets at the firm - so associates and partners are..."

"The office is very nice, very light. The dress code is smart, though not by any means..."

"You have to work long hours, but that goes with any legal career. The hours can be..."

"Trainee pay is absolutely fine. New qualifier salary does not look that great considering..."

"Corporate discount on gym membership. Health insurance. Dinner after 7:00pm; taxi..."

"Very simple conversation with two partners. They challenge your ideas, but it shouldn't..."

"Strengths and weaknesses, why I picked this firm, what my interests outside the firm..."

"We had an awareness session, we get emails every so often, but the Keep Cups are..."

"In common with most other major law firms, there is still a long way to go in improving..."

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

"I have had very little client interaction (which is perhaps unsurprising for a first..."

"There are many opportunities to get involved in pro bono work. I volunteer as a tutor..."

"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."

"Retention rates normally exceed 90% and often reach 100%."

"You don't need a first from Oxbridge to come here!"

"A bit misunderstood - less stuffy than people think."

"There is neither positive nor negative discrimination. It all comes down to how well..."

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

"I would have liked the ability to do a contentious training course in place of a..."

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