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Offices & Dress

8.1 / 10

(based on 17 ratings in 2019)

2019

"I am very happy with the firm's location and facilities and very grateful to have the café downstairs. The 'dress for your day' and dress-down Friday policies are fantastic."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"We have a very nice canteen that serves Starbucks coffee. The desks are a bit small and close together."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"The dress code is 'dress for your day', which allows you to wear smart casual clothes when not attending meetings. We're in an amazing location that's only a short walk to the train station and city centre."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Offices are open plan, which I like. The location is fine but our facilities could be better. The dress code is 'dress for your day' but most people wear suits every day, except on Fridays."
Second year trainee, London
"The IT facilities need improvement."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"Dress for your day' is the code and generally means something between business and business casual depending on whether client-facing work is expected. There are also dress-down Fridays each week. The firm occupies multiple floors in a building in the Birmingham city centre with plenty of beverage supplies, lift access, open-plan office spaces and a few communal spaces."
First year trainee, Birmingham

2018

"The office space is a bit bland and the chairs aren't the most comfortable thing in the world but the coffee machine is great. The dress for your day policy is used by all members of the firm. Partners will happily come to work in a top, jeans and trainers if they don't have any client-facing stuff in their diary."
First year trainee, Gatwick
"The firm's Birmingham office is outdated and dreary, this is admitted by the senior partners. Facilities are poor as the landlord no longer makes repairs with any urgency and one lift has been out of order for months. Fortunately, we are due to move offices shortly."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"We have bright open-plan offices that are very clutter-free as a result of hot-desking. We're in a great location with a nearby food market for lunch. The ground floor has some absurd cartoon murals on the walls, but these are well intentioned. We have a very relaxed 'dress for your day' dress code. Some people still wear a suit every day but others are in jeans and t-shirts unless they need to see clients. During the heatwave, everyone was even encouraged to wear shorts. It's definitely not the typical stuffy law firm dress code."
London
"We've just moved to a shiny new office in One St Peter's Square where we share a building with the likes of DLA and Addleshaw's. Management has implemented an agile working policy so no one has an assigned desk and you have a locker that you tidy your stuff into at the end of the day. This means that I have to go to a locker on the other side of the office to pick up my stapler and Dictaphone every morning. It's all open-plan, which can be good but also loud. We can't eat at our desks so have to go upstairs to the canteen. It's OK though because we've got a coffee machine on a completely separate floor and a 'dress for your day' policy so you can wear jeans if you're not seeing a client that day."
First year trainee, Manchester City Centre
"The firm's office in Sheffield is a great place to work. The offices are spacious and in a good location. The firm has a dress-down day every Friday. For the rest of the week, the firm is trialling a 'dress for your day' policy where employees are allowed to dress smart casual provided they have no meetings that day."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"The office is very close to the train station, which is great for commuting. The dress code is smart casual unless you're going to court or meeting a client. Then you are expected to dress in smart office wear. This makes for a more comfortable office environment while maintaining professionalism."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"Some of the firm's offices are very nice. I am in one of the less attractive and appealing offices. The facilities are pretty basic and it would be good to be in a nicer office seeing as we spend quite a lot of time here."
First year trainee, Southampton
"Each office is different. The London office is open-plan, airy and bright. There are even paintings on the walls from famous films including The Pink Panther and Finding Nemo, and one of Marilyn Monroe! The office is five minutes away from National Rail trains and the tube. There are also lots of places to eat nearby as well as being close to Boots and Superdrug. Cheapside is near St. Paul's, where there is a growing shopping space. Covent Garden and Oxford Circus are about a 20-minute walk away but can be reached much quicker via the tube. The Gatwick office has its own car park which is handy for those who drive and is two minutes away from Crawley Train station by foot. The office is next to a shopping mall and some good local restaurants. All offices have a 'dress for your day' policy that means you can exercise a more relaxed attire rather than a formal suit, unless you have an important meeting or are going to court."
First year trainee, London

2017

"The office is fine, it does the job. The dress code is smart and gents are expected to wear a tie but we have dress down days on Fridays."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"The office space and location in Sheffield are excellent. We are always the preferred host for round-table meetings and conferences because the facilities here are better than at other firms. The dress code is formal but every Friday is dress down."
Second year trainee, Sheffield
"We have a modern and very central office with a smart dress code."
First year trainee, Manchester
"London is great but I think Gatwick needs updating."
First year trainee, London
"The office is modern with good facilities. It's located in Leeds city centre about a 20-minute walk from the station. The dress code is business and the firm has dress down Friday every week."
First year trainee, Leeds
"The location is suitable for court and is also close to local amenities. There could be better facilities in terms of breakout areas but this is partly due to the building itself and something that is being worked on. Most people are smartly dressed."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"The Southampton office is in the centre of town. The office space is not cramped and there are huge desks. We have a really nice breakout area to chill in. The dress code is smart but every Friday is a dress down day, which raises money for charity. The only drawback to the office is parking as only partners and associates are guaranteed free parking spaces. If there are spare spaces then they are offered out, but if not then everyone else has to pay and being in the centre of town does not make it cheap."
First year trainee, Southampton
"The office is well presented and the facilities are good. The dress code is business dress with a dress down day every Friday. There are often special charity days too."
Second year trainee, Sheffield
"The location of the Sheffield office is very handy and means that we can get tasks done during lunch."
Second year trainee, Sheffield

2016

"The office is clean, modern and open plan. The location is very central and near all of the shops, which is convenient but expensive."
First year trainee, Bristol
"Can be cramped at times but generally OK. We do not have a canteen and our break out areas are small so if you want to eat lunch in the office it usually means eating at your desk. The dress code is smart/business dress but we have dress down Fridays every week."
First year trainee, London
"The office is in a good location in the city centre and near to the court. While sometimes a little cramped, due to ever expanding teams, it is generally a pleasant place to work."
First year trainee, Manchester
"The office space is open plan and very modern. It has extremely good facilities, which clients and barristers often comment on. It is away from the high street and shopping areas in Sheffield but is right next to the courts. Dress code is formal Monday to Thursday. Fridays tend to be dress down and occasionally colour-themed to match charitable events."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"The office is open plan and spacious. The dress code is professional, of course, but that does not necessarily mean you have to wear your tie at all times. Employees are also encouraged to contribute £1 to dress down every Friday, which is a great fund raiser for each office's nominated charity."
First year trainee, Newbury
"The office is open plan and is very central and convenient. The firm recently introduced dress down Fridays, which has been widely welcomed."
First year trainee, Birmingham

2015

"The office location is good, although we will soon need more office space, due to the rate of our expansion. The dress code is business like, but firm has a number of dress down days as part of its charitable programmes."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"Personally I find that the offices can be a bit cramped, and trainees are on the middle desks, where it can be hard to concentrate at times."
Second year trainee, London
"The location is good and the dress code is smart. The facilities could be slightly better, as there is nowhere we can sit for lunch other than at our desks. There is also a need for quiet spaces where we can go just to review a document without being disturbed."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"I thought that the offices made for a pleasant working environment at Irwin Mitchell."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"The facilities are modern and client-friendly. The dress code is smart and is followed by all members of staff."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"Although I think that the office is dated, and in need of some redecoration, the location is good. The dress code can be informal, as long as smart clothes are worn at work, and when meeting clients."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"The dress code is quite relaxed at the firm. The office space itself is fine, but there is no canteen. That said, it is in a good location, which more than makes up for this, as there are plenty of places to go for lunch."
First year trainee, Manchester
"The facilities are excellent, the location is central and the space is very good at Irwin Mitchell's offices."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"The office location is central, with good facilities, and it is close to Leeds station. The dress code is business wear, but this is often a little more relaxed when we are not seeing clients - we can wear cardigans rather than jackets, for instance."
First year trainee, Leeds
"The dress code is relatively relaxed. The facilities at the firm are in need of some improvement: due to the firm's growth, we are in need of more office space, such as a staff room and more meeting rooms, and a bigger car park! But, that said, the office location is great."
First year trainee, Bristol

2014

"We are in an excellent new office which has a fairly relaxed dress code unless dealing with court/meetings/new clients."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"Our office is in a great location, right in the centre of town. The dress code is fairly low key, particularly for women."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"My office is a nice space to work in - open-plan but I have a large desk and there is a feeling of space. The dress code is smart but depends on whether or not you have meetings/in court as to how smart you will dress. Location within the city is good."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"The dress code is pretty relaxed, office is good size and in good location. There is a café which is good too."
Second year trainee, Sheffield
"We have a nice location in Spinningfields but it's a shame that there is no canteen. The dress code is smart business dress with a dress down day on the first Friday of the month, with money being donated to our charity of the year and drinks afterwards at a local bar."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"IM has offices nationally and the standard varies between each location. However, overall I would describe the offices as being in good, accessible locations, with a high standard of facilities and enough space to fulfil the firm's needs. As you would expect, the dress code is professional/smart. You should always be suitably dressed in the event that you are required to visit clients/court."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"Our office is open-plan and very easily accessible to the main train station in Birmingham. We have good facilities and the office is always clean and well presented. The dress code is smart."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"The offices are open-plan. At the head office we have a large canteen which is subsidised. Facilities are very good with on-site IT, reprographics, etc. The dress code is business smart but not stifling."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"Light, airy and open plan, In central location. Office wear is a must - suits, work dresses. Some take a little more of a relaxed approach but generally everyone is well turned out."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"We are nearly at capacity in terms of space but the location is great. The facilities are also good. The dress code is normal business and we have a dress down Friday on the first Friday of the month for charity."
Second year trainee, London
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