How good is your firm’s social life?

The ability to socialise with your colleagues outside of a professional environment shouldn’t be overlooked, as the right balance of work and play makes for a happy employee. Thankfully, it’s not all work at these Lex 100 Winner firms, which offer it all: staff away days; departmental trips; team building activities; Christmas parties and closing celebrations. Trainees at Hodges Jones & Allen claim the ‘social side and culture of the firm is great’. Similarly, the ‘inclusive and fun culture’ at Forsters facilitates a great social life. At Brabners the ‘sociable culture and the people’ were praised by trainees who enjoyed ‘participating in the annual Charity Challenge in the Lake District’. Recruits at Ward Hadaway enjoyed ‘taking part in the relay run between the three offices to celebrate the firm’s 30th birthday’ and Bristows’ ‘friendly social atmosphere’ was praised to high heavens. There is a ‘close community of lawyers’ at Taylor Vinters where recruits benefit from ‘great contact with supervisors’ and have fun at ‘great socials such as an empanada-making class and shuffleboard’. ‘The firm is keen to ensure there is a great rapport among staff members and a sense of fun to reward all the hard work we do’ at Wedlake Bell, where trainees have enjoyed a ‘subsidised ski trip, firm lunches and monthly drinks’ with their team. These sociable firms have proved that it’s not just hard work and late nights in the legal world, you really can have fun too.

Firm Score
Leathes Prior 93.7
Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors Limited 90.1
Brabners LLP 89.6
Leigh Day 88.7
Ward Hadaway 88.1
Bristows LLP 87.7
Muckle LLP 87.6
Taylor Vinters 86.7
Wedlake Bell LLP 85.8
Forsters LLP 85.8
BTMK Solicitors 85.6
Bird & Bird LLP 84.7
Osborne Clarke LLP 84.2
Mills & Reeve 83.4
Burges Salmon LLP 83.2
Travers Smith LLP 82.9
Walker Morris LLP 82.7
Morrison and Foerster LLP 81.4
Browne Jacobson LLP 80.1
Stephens Scown LLP 79.6

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