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8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 20 ratings in 2018)
"Generally relaxed, forward-thinking and accommodating."
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...

"My advice is to make the most of your time at university; i.e. do interesting things..."

"Culture is very good - the firm has an 'open-door' policy and most people are always..."

"Several hours a week are spent on formal classroom-based training, both firm wide..."

"We have a formal feedback procedure which is helpful. All of my supervisors have..."

"Offices are nice although a bit low key. Facilities are good but some things are..."

"Very flexible – I have worked a few nights past midnight or one in the morning,..."

"The pay is fair and comparable to my peers at other firms. Trainees currently get..."

"Free tickets to sports and cultural events, free dinners and taxis in the evenings,..."

"I had one interview for the Summer Work Scheme and another during that scheme. Very..."

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

"Staff are encouraged to take public transport where we can. The lights are all on..."

"The higher levels of the firm haven't changed a great deal, although the junior and..."

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

"It varies from group to group, but at its best I had extensive responsibilities and..."

"Many things are going on. Law clinic in Islington is the key pro bono programme which..."

"The collaborative feel. You don't feel as though you are competing with anyone, which..."

"Long hours, serious atmosphere."

"Very strong in the corporate law sphere. Multi-specialist approach really sets it..."

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

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

"Generally relaxed, forward-thinking and accommodating."

"We target a very broad range of universities across the UK and make very clear that..."

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

"I would like the firm to provide more opportunities for international secondments...."

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