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Slaughter and May

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8.1 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2019)
"Genuinely committed to excellence, but fairly hierarchical."
7.5 / 10
Formal Training
8.5 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.4 / 10
7.9 / 10
8.4 / 10
6.2 / 10
Pro Bono
7.1 / 10


  • Both the internal and external training on offer is extensive and well organised.
  • There’s a collegiate atmosphere with good teamwork at the firm.
  • Retention rates are consistently very high and trainees are confident in their ability to remain at the firm.
  • The lack of billable hours targets is very popular among trainees.


  • Workloads can be unpredictable, which means hours can vary greatly.
  • The unpredictability of hours can make it difficult to plan a social life.
  • While the salary is very good, it is towards the lower end of the magic circle.
  • Some trainees would like more frequent feedback.

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