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Slaughter and May

Insider reviews

Get the inside view from graduates at Slaughter and May

8.1 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2019)
"A friendly, innovative and efficient firm that is driven by excellence...."
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.

What insiders say about...

"Bright and interesting people. Best advice is to keep up-to-date on current affairs..."

"There are loads of great people in the firm at all levels of seniority. Plenty of..."

"Outstanding training, both internal and external. Well organised and thorough."

"I have had to reschedule an informal review with my supervising partner a couple..."

"The office is a very pleasant place to work with spacious offices and great facilities...."

"I find this varies ultimately on your supervisor. I have been fortunate to have supervisors..."

"I am happy with my salary. London is expensive however (rent is the worst thing)..."

"The Grosvenor dinner dance is old school and really fun. We get a very cheap Virgin..."

"The interview itself is simple in its description but extremely challenging in its..."

"General conversational questions about my time at university and interests. Partly..."

"The firm is very environmentally friendly. Almost every bin is a recyclable bin and..."

"The higher levels of the firm haven't changed a great deal, although the junior and..."

"Beyond qualification, all solicitors are associates, theoretically equal in rank..."

"I have had much more client interaction than I would have ever expected."

"Pro bono is encouraged but client commitments will always come first, so it can be..."

"There are no target hours. You do a very wide range of work in each group. It is..."

"Long hours, serious atmosphere."

"The firm stood out in the way it recruited trainees and the way it operates. For..."

"Slaughters have traditionally had a very high rate of retention and this continues..."

"Only a maximum of five partners are permitted to be on a given airplane at the same..."

"Interesting matters, excellent training."

"The firm runs open days for potential applicants from specific groups."

"I'm not particularly stressed as a trainee but I get the impression it gets more..."

"More flexibility with seat choices."

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