|Osborne Clarke LLP||9.64|
|Debevoise & Plimpton LLP||9.63|
|Farrer & Co||9.61|
|Royds Withy King||9.54|
|Spearing Waite LLP||9.46|
|Bird & Bird LLP||9.43|
|Travers Smith LLP||9.36|
|Sullivan & Cromwell LLP||9.32|
It doesn’t matter how high the salary, prestige of the clients or quality of work, a pleasant working environment is key to enjoying your career and the ‘camaraderie vibe’ of a firm should not be overlooked.
Topping the league in this category, trainees at Birketts consistently cite ‘friendliness’ as a key reason for joining the firm, which has a ‘genuinely friendly culture in all four offices’. Osborne Clarke scores highly for its ‘friendly, open culture’ and ‘the open-plan office really sculpts and shapes the firm’s attitude - there's little hierarchy’.
Debevoise & Plimpton trainees highlight the ‘very friendly people’ and ‘whilst clearly exceptional lawyers, they are all very approachable’, as are colleagues at Foot Anstey, which boasts ‘friendly and down-to-earth lawyers who are very forthcoming’.
Despite a prestigious client base at Farrer & Co (including royalty), trainees have found it an ‘incredibly friendly firm from the offset’ where ‘trainees and fee-earners treat each other with respect’. National firm Gateley Plc has a ‘great reputation as a firm with a friendly working environment’ and similarly, Blaser Mills is a ‘a friendly firm with an all-round open door policy’.
One trainee chose South West firm Royds Withy King because it ‘didn't just claim its culture was friendly - it actually is and trainees are given a lot of support’. Trethowans is ‘a very friendly place to work’ and ‘it is great to know that there is no such thing as a silly question’, while Eversheds is praised for ‘the value it places on individuals, no matter what their role is within the firm’ and it is said to be a ‘very 'unstuffy' law firm’.