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9.1 / 10

(based on 12 ratings in 2019)

2019

"There is plenty of opportunity to socialise outside of work but this is not expected. Trainees are all friendly and supportive and partners are approachable, as are the majority of the fee earners. There is a culture of corporate social responsibility with support for charities, environmental concern and staff well-being."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"The Guildford office is very friendly and sociable and there is little evidence of any hierarchy. Each team has its own Christmas meal and there is the annual summer party for the whole firm. There is a sports and social committee that organises events for outside of working hours."
Second year trainee, Guildford, Surrey
"I have not left the office later than 6.00 pm as of yet. There is a good work/life balance and the partners are all very approachable. There is a sports and social committee that organises events throughout the year, such as theatre trips, meals out and rounders."
First year trainee, Guildford
"The culture of the office is incredible. Everyone that I have come across has been friendly, supportive and happy to help/chat. A training contract at PMC is very balanced as the working hours are manageable and you can easily fit sport and your social life around your working hours. There is no hierarchy and everyone from paralegal to partner is happy to help or go out for a coffee."
First year trainee, London
"The culture is very friendly and there is a focus on supporting each other and sharing knowledge in order to do well in our teams. I enjoy learning from the partners and my colleagues."
Second year trainee, Oxford
"The atmosphere in the office is one of the most friendly I've experienced. The open-plan office makes it very easy to approach people and ask for help whenever needed and my colleagues will similarly wander to my desk to delegate tasks. Partners sit next to paralegals in the office on the same desks with the same equipment so there is no real sense of fear relating to hierarchy. Whenever it is someone's birthday or leaving event, everyone gets invited to attend and enjoy the cakes in the kitchen."
First year trainee, Basingstoke/Reading

2017

"It can vary a great deal between teams but most are welcoming, positive and not overly hierarchical. There is not a huge amount of socialising outside of work but you can always suggest it if you want to."
Basingstoke
"The office is friendly and welcoming as a whole and very little emphasis is placed on hierarchy (although some members of the private wealth teams are more traditional). The trainees often have lunch together and there are office drinks almost every Friday on one floor or another. Each team has its own Christmas meal and there is the annual summer party for all offices. There is a good sense of camaraderie among the trainees and junior associates. The newly formed netball team 'Pennballerz' has been a hit among many in the London firm, from PAs to associates."
London
"The firm is mostly friendly and social. There's scope for out of hours activities but it does take some encouragement. We have no face-time culture whatsoever."
"The firm's culture is a good one. There is little evidence of any hierarchy and I was welcomed into my team straight away. I feel I can talk to any member of staff without feeling I am pestering them."
Basingstoke
"We have a very good work/life balance in my department but I know some other departments have much longer hours that include weekend work."
Basingstoke
"The vast majority of people are friendly and there are Friday drinks on every floor throughout the month. The teams are partner-led and work filters down. You regularly work directly with partners."
London

2016

"Almost everyone at the firm is very friendly, open and welcoming. They are very understanding if you make a mistake and try to ensure that you're coping with your workload. Teams work very well together. Cases are usually run by a partner and worked on by one associate and one trainee. However, for bigger cases, multiple associates are often involved. Trainees occasionally go out for a drink and there is a firm-wide curry night, which is popular. The sports and social committee also organise theatre trips."
First year trainee, London
"The open-plan office adds positively to the culture and there are great office-wide socials. I would like more organised team socials, though."
Second year trainee, London
"Culture in the office is excellent. Everyone mucks in for work where required and the partners, trainees and associates all work as a balanced team. Most often you will be given tasks straight from the partners and will report to them directly. Socialising outside of work is largely left to the individuals themselves, though the social committee work hard to organise drinks and events throughout the year."
First year trainee, London
"Culture in the office is very friendly and plenty of social events are arranged."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"The office is open-plan, which means hierarchy isn't as obvious. We have happy teams and there are often lots of sports and social activities such as cinema nights, ice hockey tickets and after-work drinks."
Second year trainee, Surrey
"The office is open-plan and you do feel as though you can ask anyone in the office for advice or help at any time. Whether they're floor support, PAs, paralegals, associates or partners, people are always willing to help you and want you to learn and develop. You therefore get to know everyone well. There is certainly a feeling that you are working as part of a team and you feel valued as a trainee. We regularly have small celebrations in the department for all manner of achievements and events, and it's small things like these that make the firm feel like a lovely place to work. There are regular social events both in departments and firm-wide. The trainees get together for events very often and regularly eat lunch together."
First year trainee, London
"There is a real emphasis on creating a happy and productive team of solicitors. This is achieved by great flexible working policies for those who need it, good management of staff workload and weekly social events."
First year trainee, Guildford
"When I started my training contract, everyone at the firm was very welcoming and interested to get to know me. The firm definitely has an open-door policy and I have been made to feel that I am able to ask questions since day one – no matter how daft they seem to me! The firm is very much focused on trainees learning, so everyone is very helpful in order to help you do the best job as a trainee that you can. Outside of the office, the sports and social committee are great at organising events and getting everyone involved. Over the coming weeks, we have the Oxford Beer and Cider Festival, a bowling trip and the Christmas party to look forward to, amidst numerous bake sales in aid of charity. The teams are also very keen to get to know their new trainees and so, when I started my corporate seat, I was taken out for a lovely welcome lunch with the team."
First year trainee, Oxford

2015

"The firm has a strong regional presence, and this has influenced the culture of the London office. With a London presence, it is able to compete for city quality work, yet it retains the pleasant environment of a more regional firm. The firm has a fairly non-hierarchical structure, and social events are encouraged. I have regularly worked directly with partners and they have shown a genuine interest in my opinion and thought process."
Second year trainee, London
"Partners are very approachable. My current work is in a small team which means that if I can't speak to my partner, a senior associate is always available. After-hours socialising could be better, outside of the big organised events, but an imminent combining of the Surrey offices will probably help with that. Firm and office-wide events are generally well attended, with an active sports and social committee in each office."
Second year trainee, Guildford
"In terms of social events, the Sport and Social Committee put on a number of events throughout the year which are always good fun. We also have quarterly trainee events which allow all the trainees from every office to get together in London for some drinks. Communication between teams within departments could be better, but most are well-tiered, offering sufficient support to those lower down."
First year trainee, London
"I found the firm to be hard-working, friendly and inclusive. I felt like a true part of the team, and I was acknowledged as a part of the firm's future."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is friendly, approachable, social and inclusive."
Second year trainee, London
"At the firm there is no real sense of hierarchy as everyone is approachable and willing to help. Different departments work in different ways but generally there is a lot of teamwork with everyone supporting each other. That said, there could be more socialising opportunities outside of London."
Second year trainee, Guildford
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