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Culture

9.0 / 10

(based on 34 ratings in 2016)

2016

"The firm's culture is one of the things that really sets Travers aside from the pack. The office culture is very friendly and I genuinely enjoy spending time with the people I work with. After hours, people will regularly get together for informal drinks. The local pub (the Bishops Finger) will always have a Travers contingent on a Friday night. Partners often take out their rooms for lunches and dinners."
Second year trainee, London
"The culture in the office is very hard working but most people are extremely friendly and chatty. As we work in a room with at least one partner and associate, the sense of hierarchy is minimal as you really get to know the people you work with. It's a proper team effort – even as a trainee, just by virtue of being in a room with the others that are working on any given matter, you can get a real sense of what is going on and how the department works. Every Friday there are drinks for those who want to pop along at the Travers local, the Bishops Finger. As a mid-size firm, everyone knows pretty much everyone, which makes the socialising a lot more fun!"
First year trainee, London
"The culture here is one of the best things about the firm. The room-sharing system means an absence of hierarchy – we all make tea for each other! The team are open to all questions and there's definitely lots of banter too. The managing partner organised breakfast meetings with all of the trainees to use as an open forum for updates, questions and feedback. The firm also organises a sit-down dinner for all trainees and there are various firm-wide events for colleagues in different departments to catch up."
First year trainee, London
"Working hours are really reasonable. You leave when you have no work and there is no face-time culture. Hierarchy is as flat as it can be within a law firm. Atmosphere among trainees is very friendly and collaborative. There's very little 'backstabbing' even when close to qualification time, though understandably it does get a little tense then. People genuinely like spending time with each other and do it often outside work hours. It's common to get drinks with other trainees and associates on Fridays."
First year trainee, London
"The room sharing system ensures a flat hierarchy. Everyone is approachable. There are regular department/firm social events and away days. There's a reason half the partners trained at the firm and many staff members have been here for more than 20 years. It's a great place to work."
First year trainee, London
"Everyone is friendly and welcoming – you really feel part of a team here. The room sharing system means all of the partners are approachable and accessible. Outside of the office, there are always plenty of social events to take part in, which means the firm has a really collegiate feel."
Second year trainee, London
"I have never worked for a more welcoming and personable institution."
First year trainee, London
"Really supportive and friendly culture, which is relatively consistent throughout the firm. Not too much of a hierarchy due to the room-sharing system, which also makes asking for help (and learning by example) much easier. Socialising is generally spontaneous rather than organised but there are a few firm-wide events each year, of which the Christmas party is the biggest."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"There is a distinct lack of hierarchy at the firm: partners are as approachable as the service staff and there is a good team spirit with excellent socialising outside of work."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is an extremely sociable place to work, and since you work with a wide range of people as a trainee you do feel part of a team."
First year trainee, London
"The working culture was the immediate attraction when I was on my vacation scheme. The room sharing system results in a noticeable collegiate environment and lack of hierarchy. There is no 'face-time' culture, and we are very sociable here."
First year trainee, London
"Everyone at the firm cooperates because there are no billable targets here, and colleagues are generally friendly, making for a positive culture."
First year trainee, London
"There is a flat hierarchy here — as a trainee you sit in a room with an associate and a partner, so you get to know people at all levels of the firm."
First year trainee, London
"In the office I found that there is a very supportive atmosphere, and the partners are all very approachable. Colleagues are all very friendly when socialising outside of work."
First year trainee, London
"There are occasionally long hours at the firm, but there is always a collegiate spirit and plenty of support here."
First year trainee, London

2014

"The hierarchy is very flat for a City law firm. Partners are friendly and want to get to know trainees. Room sharing helps. Social life is brilliant, particularly around vacation scheme time and Christmas. Good levels of humour throughout the firm."
First year trainee, London
"The hierarchy is not as noticeable is it could be, all the partners are very approachable."
Second year trainee, London
"Travers Smith has a very limited hierarchy - the partners are very down to earth, and there is a jovial culture all around. There are always events every week and each department hosts social events. The hours can be unpredictable and long, but that is the nature of a City firm."
First year trainee, London
"The office atmosphere is friendly with a real open door policy. Trainees usually sit with a partner so there is day-long interaction with senior lawyers. There are regular socials arranged by the firm/each department as well as informal drinks and dinners arranged by trainees."
Second year trainee, London
"I was surprised at how approachable the partners are. This may have something to do with the fact that we sit with them. We can joke around with them whilst at the same time be under their eye and take the most of what they do in to train and learn. Associates are always very happy to help and are very helpful. Help from department to department can also always be relied on. When I was in Litigation I could contact trainees or associates (depending on the level of the work) in Corporate for example and they were always happy to help out. Socialising is very easy here and I often go for lunch with other trainees. There are often events organised by trainees, the firm and the department. We are also sometimes invited to events with clients."
First year trainee, London
"Partners are extremely accessible and take an interest in trainees and their development. This really is a strong point of the firm. The Managing Partner knows everyone by name and people really seem to appreciate this."
First year trainee, London
"A culture where personal life is respected but socialising with colleagues is encouraged and enjoyed by most. Most partners are very approachable and there are no closed doors."
First year trainee, London
"Highly cooperative with a focus on teamwork - law firms are naturally hierarchical but the Partners are there beside all the junior lawyers in the trenches. There's no one at the firm I've met who I wouldn't enjoy going for a drink after work with."
First year trainee, London
"Although a fairly traditional firm, there is a high level of interaction between lawyers of different levels and the room-sharing system means that hierarchical issues are minimised."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"Atmosphere is great, very little hierarchy and very easy to talk to associates and partners both in the office and down the pub after work on a Friday. Hours can be long but not as bad as they seem, as you're normally working as a team."
Second year trainee, London
"People here are (rightly) very serious about their work, but doors are always open and everyone is incredibly approachable and happy to help, even in the most trying of circumstances. Pleasantly lacking in organised fun and pressure to socialise, but every opportunity to spend time with colleagues socially."
Second year trainee, London
"The lack of a divisive hierarchy, certainly in my department, is refreshing."
Newly qualified solicitor, London
"No culture of staying late when there is nothing to do. Hours tend to be better than for my friends at other City firms."
1 yr PQE, London
"Culture and atmosphere at the firm is inclusive and makes it a good place to work. This can vary between departments though."
First year trainee, London
"There is a lot of social interaction amongst trainees, both work-related and otherwise."
First year trainee, London
"Very friendly. Partners are very approachable and happy to explain things. Trainees always help each other out when they have capacity."
First year trainee, London
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