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7.2 / 10

(based on 9 ratings in 2016)

2016

"There is a lot of socialising, the firm actively encourages it. The hours can be long but that is expected and it's noticed when you work extra hours. Trainees are shown appreciation for this."
First year trainee, London
"Hard-working but good working atmosphere. Different teams socialise to a different extent but most trainees are sociable. Traditional law firm hierarchy (trainees, associates, partners). Small size of the office breaks down the hierarchy though, and most people know most people."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm has a friendly and cooperative culture and makes a lot of effort for its social events. This is despite the fact that our long and demanding hours mean that attendance is sometimes difficult."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a friendly feel about the firm. I do not find it overly hierarchical and I have worked directly with partners several times. The social aspect is also very good, with events that are always well attended."
First year trainee, London

2015

"The culture at the firm varies by team a lot, however, overall it is not hierarchical. The firm overall has a good ethos, such as its charity work. There could be more social activities: partners could take teams out more often, there are no retreats as a firm and some departments don't have Christmas lunches, either. The nature of the firm itself is quite serious and work-hard, but the people are down to earth and friendly."
Second year trainee, London
"There is quite a flat hierarchy on a day-to-day basis here, the firm is friendly and professional: people socialise but have lives outside of work."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm stands out for its positive and enthusiastic culture. Everyone in the office, at every level, is willing to offer support and engage in everything that is offered up: be it billable work, pro bono matters or charitable/social/community events. There is no sense of hierarchy at all, with partners and trainees working side by side, and developing good working relationships. No one is unapproachable and those with greater experience share it openly with others. There are frequent opportunities to socialise amongst colleagues, although some practice areas do so more than others. From my personal experience, the trainees and junior associates socialise a lot on Friday nights, as well as over the weekend, and often organise trips or events together."
First year trainee, London
"The culture at the firm is variable between teams, the latter are small enough to allow everyone to know each other, to ensure that the hierarchy is flattened. There are also small, close-knit teams on deals."
First year trainee, London
"The office has an open culture which is not excessively hierarchical, but it is sufficiently so to ensure the firm runs smoothly. The firm is generally sociable both inside and outside of work, although this does vary by department."
Second year trainee, London
"Most people are friendly and helpful in the firm, which has an open door policy. It does depend on the department that you are in, but I found that the firm is fairly social."
Second year trainee, Paris

2014

"There is a social side to the firm outside of work, but this is not necessarily a regular thing. That said, everyone is friendly and the different teams can be incredibly social together. Although everyone is respectful of others, I don't think there is a real hierarchical feel within the office - there is genuinely an 'open-door' policy which applies to all. Teamwork is excellent, and it's very easy to feel comfortable in these surroundings."
First year trainee, London
"I have found that all the teams I have worked with are well managed and create a pleasant and productive working environment. There is an 'open-door' policy and the vast majority of partners are approachable and take time to speak to junior members of the team. The support assistance from secretaries and central services is excellent. Some teams are quieter and have a more 'traditional' working environment, whereas other teams are more sociable (both in and out of the office). This largely depends on the partners in the team. There are plenty of opportunities to socialise/network across the office if you want to."
Second year trainee, London
"Everyone knows each other and is very friendly. The support teams, lawyers and partners all mix together very easily and there is not really a sense of hierarchy: partners are generally very approachable and easy going and like to be asked questions/be involved in training, etc. - two of my supervisors have been partners. The firm has a social committee and regularly organises events (e.g. summer party, winter party, drinks on the office's roof terrace, departmental drinks, regular sports and charity events)."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is very friendly and has a true 'open-door' policy. People are supportive and always ready to answer any questions."
First year trainee, London
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