Get the inside buzz from graduates at Slaughter and May

8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 20 ratings in 2018)
"Formidable reputation and a fantastic place to learn."
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...

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

"There are loads of great people in the firm at all levels of seniority. Plenty of..."

"The firm excels at training. We have a lot of it and it's generally relevant and..."

"All of my supervisors have taken an active interest in my development and have generally..."

"We have very good facilities and well located for transport links. The dress code..."

"Hours are incredibly variable depending on your seat and supervisor. Some trainees..."

"It's lovely to get a trainee bonus. Pay is in line with the market, though could..."

"I have been to the Opera with an associate (and great seats, too!). Lost out on concert..."

"It was quite straightforward. You send in your CV and cover letter. At the interview,..."

"I had a debate on whether the voting age should be lowered to 16. I discussed where..."

"Recyclable bamboo cups have been distributed to everyone and the cafe now only gives..."

"I would like the firm to take social mobility more seriously, but it has sound policies..."

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

"I get a good range of work and a comfortable level of responsibility for a first-seat..."

"We volunteer at the Islington Law Centre and hold many fundraising efforts for charity..."

"The firm offers a very high-achieving environment in which you can learn a great..."

"The hours can be terrible, but that is no different to any other magic circle firm...."

"I liked the culture here more than elsewhere - it was the clear differentiating factor..."

"Almost everybody stays. Everyone from the last intake was offered a place but someone..."

"The firm offices were built on an old plague pit."

"Efficient, inventive, supportive."

"Social mobility is difficult to address - not everyone attended public/private school,..."

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

"Give everyone the chance to go on international secondment. Currently very few of..."

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