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8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 20 ratings in 2018)
"Highly motivated and intelligent team working on interesting..."
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...

"The application is a short cover letter. The interview day begins with a short written..."

"In the office, everyone is quite serious, but it feels more that people are genuinely..."

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

"Trainees meet with a partner once a month to look over their training contract diary..."

"Good location, nice offices (fantastic air conditioning and very sunny). Dress code..."

"Highly variable, but usually between 35 and 50 hours per week. Quite flexible, but..."

"Getting paid 40k as a first year trainee and 45k as a second year trainee is very..."

"Free dinner from 7.00 pm, free taxi from 10.00 pm. All expenses paid for work on..."

"The interview was challenging and required a good knowledge of current affairs and,..."

"Questions included: Why law? Why commercial law? What subjects did you find interesting..."

"The firm has a genuine commitment to being more environmentally conscious and friendly...."

"Good on diversity. Several events to promote the firm to diverse background of students...."

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

"Day-to-day responsibilities vary widely - there are periods of dull processing work,..."

"Pro bono projects that are available include: law centre volunteering; GCSE tutoring;..."

"Support staff - skill, availability, friendliness."

"Long hours, serious atmosphere."

"Several factors encouraged me to apply to Slaughter and May: the firm's reputation,..."

"Historically, retention rates are good and will hopefully continue that way."

"One of the firm's founders composed music and climbed to the summit of Mont Blanc..."

"Efficient, comprehensive, sensible."

"The firm runs an access programme."

"Expectations are high but you are never left feeling exposed."

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

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