Get the inside buzz from graduates at Slaughter and May

8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 46 ratings in 2016)
"Intellectual, good reputation, top-tier."
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...

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

"The culture at the firm is fairly work-focused. If you are finished, you are expected..."

"Excellent training is given at the firm. External experts often deliver very useful..."

"We have regular reviews and access to partners to discuss any issues and feedback...."

"The office is light and bright (given it's in the middle of the City) and is reasonably..."

"Sometimes the hours can be very long. But because we don't have billing targets,..."

"Pay is above average for a City firm and the bonus system is flat rate so you are..."

"Free tickets for various events are often available (although usually at very short..."

"The application process was very straightforward - I sent in a covering letter and..."

"The interview was primarily focused on discussion of my CV, with a particular focus..."

"Apparently one of the greenest firms (if not offices) in the City. The firm places..."

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

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

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

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

"There is a high calibre of clients and so the work is interesting. Generally, people..."

"Work/life balance and unpredictable hours."

"The reputation of the firm."

"The firm regularly has one of - if not the highest - retention rates among major..."

"No one knows where the Jelly Babies come from."

"Traditional, intellectual, perfectionist."

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

"It has its moments - I've only cried once! Seriously though - there are days that..."

"The ability to work in pyjamas without judgement or shame."

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