Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Slaughter and May

The Lex 100 verdict on Slaughter and May

The verdict

A ‘prestigious reputation’, ‘excellent future career prospects’ and a ‘roster of exceptional clients’ make a training contract at Slaughter and May an attractive prospect. Although ‘particularly standout in M&A and insolvency/restructuring’, the Magic Circle firm champions a ‘multi-specialist approach’ across a broad range of legal matters. Lex 100 Winner awards have been earned for salary and confidence of being kept on. Slaughters is fairly unique among its competitors for its lack of billable hour targets, something which means that ‘when you have no work to do you just go home’ and ‘leads to a more collegiate atmosphere’ where ‘people are more willing to help each other out without worrying about hitting targets’. Speaking of which, trainees find colleagues at every level ‘bright, talented and committed lawyers who often manage to be interesting people too!’. Given the resounding praise for colleagues, it is slightly unfortunate that trainees feel that there is a ‘lack of post-work social culture’. Perhaps this can partially be attributed to the expected but nonetheless lamented ‘unpredictable hours’ which can make a ‘work/life balance hard to maintain’. There were certainly instances of ‘busy transaction stress’ and ‘a week of consistent post-midnight finishes’ among the feedback. The ‘quite hierarchical’ culture did not go unmentioned either. Trainees found ‘writing a paper that was presented to the board of a FTSE 100 company’ rewarding and ‘closing the Ocado/M&S online retail joint venture deal’ highly exciting. For ‘complex and interesting transactions’ in the company of ‘mind-blowing supervisors’ who are ‘committed to encouraging every individual to be the best lawyer they can be’, research Slaughter and May.