Get the inside buzz from graduates at Slaughter and May

8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 46 ratings in 2016)
"Reassuringly expensive."
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 firm is particularly hierarchical. There is nothing wrong with this per se, but..."

"Some training sessions are very good for providing an overview of our legal knowledge..."

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

"Good canteen and location. Would like some more natural light in my office. The dress..."

"There is genuinely no feeling of an obligation to stay in the office if your work..."

"Trainees usually receive a small bonus. Pay is very good."

"Art Fund card - lots of discounts to exhibitions, museums, etc."

"The recruitment process is competitive. However, the application process is very..."

"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 is committed but its commitment doesn't show through in the stats. For example:..."

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

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

"A good range of pro bono work exists, and many lawyers participate enthusiastica..."

"The level of responsibility that you are given as a trainee. The partners and associates..."

"Certain jobs are so large and complex that the only work trainees ever get is dull..."

"Slaughter and May has an excellent reputation among both lawyers and non-lawyers,..."

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

"Only a maximum of five partners are permitted to be on a given airplane at the same..."

"Impressive but intimidating, even on the inside."

"The firm runs open days for potential applicants from specific groups."

"I'm not particularly stressed as a trainee but I get the impression it gets more..."

"Ask supervisors to give more feedback."

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