How good is your firm's social life?

FirmScore (/10)
Nockolds Solicitors 9.40
Leathes Prior 9.01
Boyes Turner 8.97
Burges Salmon LLP 8.94
Gateley Plc 8.84
Jones Day 8.77
Travers Smith LLP 8.77
Freeths LLP 8.77
Burness Paull 8.76
Spearing Waite LLP 8.71
Cooley (UK) LLP 8.63
Michelmores LLP 8.61
Farrer & Co 8.61
Bird & Bird LLP 8.59
Baker McKenzie LLP 8.50
Muckle LLP 8.44
Devonshires Solicitors LLP 8.43
Forsters LLP 8.37
Forbes Solicitors 8.30
RPC 8.25

Of course, all work and no play makes for an unhappy trainee. Most law firms appreciate the business benefits of a collegiate workforce who bond over a vol-au-vent and glass of prosecco once in a while. Some firms provide a raft of regular social opportunities, whether for business development purposes or just for staff morale, while at others there is little but the events trainees organise themselves.

Nockolds Solicitors leads the way once again, this time for its ‘great social events’, while Leathes Prior provides ‘good additional training opportunities as well as lots of social events and activities to get involved in’. Boyes Turner is ‘more social and friendly’ than others, say trainees; Burges Salmon is ‘really good at offering social events, sporting activities and weekends away, etc’; and Gateley Plc has a ‘strong social and charitable aspect’.

At Jones Day, the ‘best thing about the firm is the social life: it is great here if you want to work hard and play harder’, while fellow City firm Travers Smith is a ‘more sociable place than most’. National firm Freeths attracts praise as a ‘particularly social firm’ that provides ‘good exposure to networking events’, while Scotland’s Burness Paull has ‘more firm-organised social events’ and ‘my friends are jealous of where I am’ states a current trainee. Concluding the top ten is Leicester’s Spearing Waite, where ‘the firm's dedication and loyalty to its staff is exceptional’.