Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Slaughter and May

The Lex 100 verdict on Slaughter and May

Magic Circle heavyweight Slaughter and May attracts trainees with its ‘big-ticket and complex work’ as well as prestigious reputation. Trainees particularly praise the high standard of training, the ‘lack of a billable hour targets’ and ‘the opportunity to work with extremely bright, highly competent, people, and to learn from them’. The training is described as ‘multi-specialist’ which allows trainees to customise seat options to make the most of multiple types of work. As one trainee put it: ‘I am exposed to a broad range of work which is not so strictly or arbitrarily divided into specific departments’. Another said that ‘in my corporate seat, I completed the full range of public and private work, rather than just being stuck in private equity only, for instance’. Culturally the firm is described as ‘collaborative as opposed to aggressive’. As with many top firms, trainees report challenges with work/life balance exaggerated by working from home. There is also a sense of hierarchy and some issues around inclusivity and representation at higher levels of the firm. Some trainees also found it difficult to integrate into the firm while working remotely. That said, trainees have worked on some headline-grabbing work, such as the restructuring of Arcadia, described as ‘a face-paced but fascinating experience’. Other highlights include ‘working on a high-profile takeover’ and ‘being asked to lead a call with a relatively senior individual at a client in the high fashion industry’. A Lex 100 Winner for living up to expectations, confidence in being kept on and remuneration, Slaughter and May embodies the Magic Circle experience.