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8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 46 ratings in 2016)
"Has its own way of doing things."
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..."

"The trainees are friendly and get together regularly for lunch/drinks after work...."

"Excellent. Beyond comparison. On average, five hours of training a week. Accounting..."

"Feedback is often general. Diary meetings are taken seriously however."

"The dress code is less formal than I was expecting – not wearing a tie is acce..."

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

"It's hard to complain when we're obviously on a very high salary compared to the..."

"The discounted gym membership and perks around working late (meals/taxis) are the..."

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

"Expect to argue about a particular topic based on an article you are provided with...."

"The firm is very environmentally friendly. Almost every bin is a recyclable bin and..."

"The trainee recruitment is about 50-50 male/female. The maternity leave policy is..."

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

"High level of responsibility, contrary to popular belief. Partners from other law..."

"The staff restaurant is always populated with boys from a local school in the afternoons..."

"Lots of help available if you need it, amazing support staff."

"Even for a top City law firm, the hours can be demanding."

"The firm has an excellent reputation and everyone I met from the firm was friend..."

"They are quite high as there is a lot of demand for NQs in several departments."

"Slaughter and May gets more high-value UK government work than any other firm."

"Challenging, perfectionist, constantly seeking excellence."

"The firm runs an access programme."

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

"There should be more opportunities for international secondment."