How stressful do you find your job?

FirmScore (/10)
Lester Aldridge LLP 7.64
Wilkin Chapman LLP 7.61
Riverview Law 7.37
Pemberton Greenish LLP 7.25
Brabners LLP 7.22
Farrer & Co 7.19
SAS Daniels LLP 6.99
Baker McKenzie LLP 6.97
Michelmores LLP 6.97
Reed Smith LLP 6.91
Nockolds Solicitors 6.90
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP 6.82
Foot Anstey 6.76
Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP 6.72
Stephens Scown LLP 6.70
Charles Russell Speechlys 6.69
Osborne Clarke LLP 6.68
Birketts LLP 6.67
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP 6.65
Forbes 6.58

As with any well-paid profession, it is inevitable that life as a lawyer will bring its share of stress from time to time; but as a trainee, this should be limited to rare occasions of deadline pressure, or an approaching hearing, for example, and not a constant state of anxiety. Trainees are employed to learn and develop, not to provide cheap labour and carry the weight of a legal matter on their shoulders. All the firms listed in this category scored highly for lack of stress and comprehensive support.

Lester Aldridge, for example, has a ‘great learning process’ and ‘colleagues are always here to provide help and guidance whilst also allowing freedom to do and learn’. At Wilkin Chapman, the ‘standard of work is good, and the stress levels are far better than at other firms’, while the ‘classic levels of stress and pressure definitely don't exist’ at Riverview Law, where ‘support is never-ending’.

Pemberton Greenish stands out for ‘friendliness and the supportiveness of staff’ and Brabners is praised for its ‘shorter hours and less stressful, friendlier and more relaxed environment’. Trainees at Farrer & Co welcome the ‘top-class training’ and ‘partner supervision and availability which is great here’; SAS Daniels provides ‘more time with partners’ and trainees ‘feel much more relaxed and at ease assisting a partner with their work’ as well as running their own files.

Baker & McKenzie ‘gives you a lot more responsibility and support as a trainee to help you develop as a lawyer’. Trainees at Michelmores report a ‘friendly, encouraging and genuinely helpful environment’, while Reed Smith is also reported to have a ‘close-knit team environment’.