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Slaughter and May

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Get the inside view from graduates at Slaughter and May

8.1 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2019)
"Smart, interesting and innovative people."
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...

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"Regular training is provided, including group training by members of your department...."

"Generally you get good feedback on individual pieces of work. You also feel part..."

"We have a formal dress code, though it can be more casual depending on department...."

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"The firm offers many free or reduced price sports events tickets. Social events and..."

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"Committed environmental team introducing systemic changes (eg recycling bins in every..."

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"As part of a litigation team, I have a lot of exposure to clients and other third..."

"There are so many amazing opportunities to get involved with legal work and access..."

"The firm treats its staff well and people are for the most part happy working here...."

"Some supervisors can be possessive of trainees and treat them more like personal..."

"They had the best reputation for training out of the offers I received."

"I'm confident that as long as there are spaces in the departments I want to qualify..."

"We have a jukebox in the canteen that was given to the firm by a past client."

"Intelligent, high quality of work, prestigious."

"The firm runs an access programme."

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"More feedback or detail on what exactly is required from you on tasks."

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