How stressful do you find your job?

FirmScore (/100)
Michelmores LLP 80.4
Bircham Dyson Bell

79.9

Steele Raymond LLP

79.5

Devonshires Solicitors LLP

79.0

Stephens Scown LLP 78.9
Bristows LLP 78.9
Leathes Prior 78.5
Crown Prosecution Service

78.4

Brabners LLP 77.9
Charles Russell Speechlys 76.5
Birketts LLP 76.2
Maples Teesdale LLP

75.8

Taylor Wessing LLP 75.6
Blandy & Blandy LLP

75.5

DMH Stallard LLP

75.2

Osborne Clarke LLP 75.0
DAC Beachcroft LLP 74.8
Payne Hicks Beach

74.7

Gordon Dadds LLP 74.6
Roythornes Solicitors

73.7

There is much talk of the long hours which can be part and parcel of working in the legal industry.

But with the right supervision and a proper support network in place, there is no reason for trainees to feel overburdened to the point that they feel stressed or anxious.

The training contract is a period of learning and development, not an opportunity to exploit trainees. The leading firms in this category have scored highly for lower stress levels thanks to having proper mechanisms in place to avoid overwhelming their recruits.

Top-scorer Michelmores has a reputation for ‘dealing with employees fairly’ which helps trainees feel more valued for their efforts.

The ‘friendly atmosphere’ at Bircham Dyson Bell assists in keeping high stress levels at bay, whilst at Steele Raymond, ‘every person is happy to have a chat and help you out if you need some advice’, which allows recruits to discuss any niggling concerns with their colleagues.

Devonshires trainees can rely on one another if they are feeling overwhelmed as they are part of a close-knit group which ‘gets on really well’, similarly a ‘meritocratic and supportive culture’ prevails at Stephens Scown.

At Bristows, ‘partners are approachable’, whilst ‘qualified solicitors who are always willing to take the time to help you’ are two-a-penny at Leathes Prior.

Recruits at the Crown Prosecution Service do not feel too stressed, neither do the trainees at Brabners, who applaud the ‘sensible working hours’.

‘Understanding partners who actually seem to care’ are one of the best things about Charles Russell Speechlys, which has undoubtedly played a part in the firm’s high score in this category.