If the firm were a fictional character it would be... Josiah Bartlet (The West Wing) – fiercely intellectual and with a humour-filled, calm delivery
A US-headquartered firm that is ‘seen as among the best’, trainees were lured by Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy’s ‘global brand’. There is a ‘high level of responsibility’ and ‘interesting work’ at the firm, with ‘hands-on’ tasks including ‘speaking on all-parties conference calls about the part of the deal I’m responsible for’, ‘getting involved with two deals when they first came in and getting to assist in the planning and development of those cases’ and ‘working on a pro bono project and spending a lot of time developing a piece of work with the client’. The ability to provide such ‘exposure to good work’ prompted one trainee to label Milbank ‘the best overall package’ out of the firms that they had researched, and the four Lex 100 Winner gongs impress. The ‘hierarchical structure is a bit daunting at times’, and one respondent tells us ‘I felt there was not a lot of support in the early days’. That said, the ‘friendliness of the people and willingness to help’ is noted. There is also a strong sense of teamwork during the training contract, as recruits speak fondly of ‘feeling a key part of the team’, with one adding that ‘the team made a lot of time to explain the structure and documents to me’. The ‘lack of a social life’ is a minor grumble, but at least ‘there is no face-time culture’. One advantage of a ‘small intake’ is that the trainees are ‘involved with a more diverse range of work and given more responsibility’ than their peers in larger cohorts elsewhere. To engage in ‘top work’ while learning alongside ‘quality lawyers’ at an international law firm, consider applying to Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy.