Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP

The Lex 100 verdict on Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP

US giant Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP has a ‘prestigious’ reputation for its ‘quality of work, culture and remuneration’. The firm’s small trainee intake receives more ‘responsibility and exposure to work’  and training is ‘less structured and more hands on’. Described as having a strong collegiate and friendly culture, the ‘trainee intake is usually quite close and it can be really nice to have a tight-knit group who can support you and who you can approach for advice because you are all in the same position’. Trainees are attracted here by the international and ‘high-profile’ work, market-leading remuneration and friendly culture; the firm is a Lex 100 Winner for confidence in being kept on and remuneration. As with many US firms (and top law firms generally), there can be long hours and pressure. Skadden trainees comment that at times they struggle with ‘the hours and the demands of the job’, particularly the ‘expectation to always be available and responsive to emails and requests, including on weekends/annual leave’. Highlights of training include ‘joining the legal team representing a client in an arbitration hearing,’ ‘being closely involved with a fraud and bribery investigation’ and receiving high praise from partners’. If you are looking for an ambitious US firm with high-profile work and some gruelling hours and pressure doesn’t put you off, then Skadden could be the ideal fit.