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How would you rate the friendliness of the firm?

FirmScore (/10)
Birketts LLP 9.67
Osborne Clarke LLP 9.64
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 9.63
Foot Anstey 9.62
Farrer & Co 9.61
Gateley Plc 9.55
Blaser Mills 9.54
Royds Withy King 9.54
Trethowans LLP 9.51
Eversheds 9.49
Spearing Waite LLP 9.46
Forsters LLP 9.45
Bird & Bird LLP 9.43
Bristows LLP 9.43
Nockolds Solicitors 9.40
Michelmores LLP 9.40
Woodfines LLP 9.39
Riverview Law 9.37
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’.