How would you rate the friendliness of the firm?

FirmScore (/100)
Brabners LLP 96.3
Bristows LLP


Leathes Prior


Birketts LLP 95.4
Mills & Reeve LLP 95.1
Farrer & Co


Osborne Clarke LLP 95.0
Gateley Plc


Royds Withy King 94.5
Woodfines LLP


Wilkin Chapman LLP 94.4
Baker McKenzie


Thrings LLP


Higgs & Sons 94.1
Bird & Bird LLP 94.1
Travers Smith LLP


Maples Teesdale LLP 93.8
TLT Solicitors LLP 93.7
Bond Dickinson LLP 93.6
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP 93.5

If you have to spend your working days with your colleagues, it helps a great deal if they’re a friendly bunch.

A sky-high salary or an impressive roster of clients does little to make up for an unfriendly working environment. A supportive team will also go a long way in motivating you to do your best work.

All in all, friendliness really is a key consideration when drawing up your shortlist of firms.

Consistently praised for its pleasant atmosphere, Bristows ‘really is one big team’.

There is also a ‘friendly and engaging atmosphere and ethos’ at Brabners.

An ‘unwavering network of support’ makes Leathes Prior stand out, with trainees scoring the firm highly in this category.

Colleagues at Birketts are the ‘friendliest group of people’ and, encouragingly, this does not seem to vary across the firm’s network of offices.

Mills & Reeve is a ‘really enjoyable and fantastic place to work’ and Farrer & Co similarly has a ‘superb culture’, with trainees commenting that they enjoy their time in the office.

Osborne Clarke strikes a balance of ‘professional yet friendly’, which earned the respect of the firm’s trainees.

The fact that Gateley Plc recruits ‘real people who can talk to clients’ has certainly ensured that the firm has a friendly atmosphere, as does Royds Withy King, with one trainee reporting that they had picked up on a ‘friendly and fun buzz to the office’ at a firm open evening.

At Woodfines, it is ‘the willingness of the staff to help you’ which is one of the firm’s best attributes.