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Pluses

2016

"The level of responsibility that you are given as a trainee. The partners and associates trust you to get things right and this allows you to develop a wide set of skills from the outset."
Second year trainee, London
"Multi-specialism so every day is different. If you do a finance seat, then this involves all different aspects of finance, not just one specialised area."
Second year trainee, London
"A client list unrivalled by any firm in the world. Working for, and among, some of the brightest minds in the country. A strictly meritocratic, intellectual and friendly atmosphere. The best reputation for training in the City."
Second year trainee, London
"The collaborative feel. You don't feel as though you are competing with anyone, which makes it very easy to ask for help and guidance."
First year trainee, London
"Working on front-page Financial Times deals from the first day."
First year trainee, London
"Very intelligent colleagues, high-calibre work, interesting clients, international focus, decent food in the canteen, fair hours compared to competitors, brilliant supervisors/mentors."
First year trainee, London
"There are no target hours. You do a very wide range of work in each group. It is a prestigious brand to have on your CV."
Second year trainee, Slaughter and May
"A broad range of work within departments due to the firm's multi-specialism approach. A good balance of research and transactional work."
First year trainee, London
"High level of responsibility early on. Everyone is good at their job. Extensive training. No billable hours targets!"
First year trainee, London
"Incredibly clever colleagues, high standard of work expected, excellent training, little to no face-time, no billable hours targets."
First year trainee, london

2015

"Getting to work for prestigious clients, and with very clever colleagues. Also the pay is great. I would say Slaughters is the best firm to work at."
First year trainee, London
"The firm doesn't have an hours-driven or 'face-time' culture but does offer the chance to complete interesting work with like-minded people."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm offers a very high-achieving environment in which you can learn a great deal from people who are right at the top of their field."
Second year trainee, London
"Trainees generally get cut more slack than at other Magic Circle firms. The quality of work is very high and the firm takes training very seriously - we usually have several hours of training each week."
First year trainee, Brussels
"High quality of work, highly intelligent colleagues and fantastic support staff."
First year trainee, London
"The firm works like a well-oiled machine, people are very polite and friendly, hours are quite reasonable all things considered."
Second year trainee, London
"The extraordinary talent and experience of colleagues and superiors, the quality of the training, the high quality and variety of the work, the friendly atmosphere."
First year trainee, London
"Fantastic quality of work. Majority of the work is bespoke and complex, rather than churning out volume work."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Excellent work and extremely good clients. Friendly people."
Second year trainee, London
"Support staff - skill, availability, friendliness."
Second year trainee, London
"The opportunity to work with and learn from very gifted lawyers."
Second year trainee, London
"Lots of help available if you need it, amazing support staff."
First year trainee, London
"Some great people, opportunities to do headline work."
First year trainee, London
"High-profile work, intelligent people, high standards expected, good training, facilities."
First year trainee, London
"Quality of training. Client portfolio. Non-competitive environment."
First year trainee, London
"The type of work you get exposed to is of the highest calibre and the lawyers working on the deals are all excellent."
First year trainee, London
"Excellent quality of work, great training and a respect for work/life balance."
First year trainee, London
"The firm treats its staff well and people are for the most part happy working here. Working on large transactions, that are widely known about, brings kudos and will hopefully look good on the CV."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"The stellar clients we work for."
Second year trainee, London
"Interesting work. No 'face-time' culture. No billable hour targets. Excellent training."
Second year trainee, London
"Interesting work and friendly people, all of whom are willing to answer all of my questions (from "Why do we draft it this way?" to "How do I get the page to print landscape?")"
First year trainee, London
"Interesting, high-profile matters. Extremely bright colleagues."
First year trainee, London
"There is a high calibre of clients and so the work is interesting. Generally, people are friendly and helpful."
First year trainee, London
"Excellent calibre of clients, excellent training, excellent reputation with quality to match, good quality of work, good pay, respectable work/life balance."
Newly qualified solicitor, London
"Friendly colleagues from partners to secretarial staff. The quality of work and people at the firm is simply stellar."
First year trainee, London
"Opportunity to get really involved in transactional work. No 'face-time' culture or minimum billing, leading to a less pressured culture."
Second year trainee, London
"The quality of work and the opportunity to meet high-profile clients."
Second year trainee, London
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