Sarah: "I think what stands out for me about the firm’s culture is that it’s very cohesive, very collaborative. Everybody’s striving to achieve the same thing and that makes it a really comfortable place in which to work."
Robert: "Building on from that, we don’t have things like hourly targets for people, so what we are trying to do is, genuinely, is to do the best job we can for the client. If you have a question, if you want to discuss something, if there’s an interesting area, people will be available to discuss that. So I think the culture is very, very open. You can walk into anybody’s office, ask any questions you like and people will be willing and interested in discussing with you."
"I’ve found it to be a very friendly firm, people really do look out for you. They look out to try to ensure that you are well looked after and there’s a lot of support for you in everything you do. Whether it’s on the work side or if it’s the social side, or if it’s pastoral care… there are people to ensure that you are happy and well trained as well. And those things, I think, have made it a very good experience for me."
"I chose Slaughter and May because the one thing that stands out about it is the intellectual calibre and the intellectual challenge. And, you don’t have to be from a top university but you really do have to love that intellectual challenge, and that’s what I was looking for, and that’s what I’ve found."
"I applied to Slaughter and May for two reasons: firstly, because of the reputation it has. It has, as far as I’m aware, the most FTSE 100 clients in the City, and I thought that was a great thing; and, so, I thought, clearly, they’re going to be a really good law firm. And then, secondly, just the ease of the process of applying: I went through various other applications where I had to do aptitude tests, and lots of other things that I didn’t quite understand what they were getting out of it. But, here, it was a really simple process of sending your CV in, with a covering letter, and then coming for an interview with two partners. And I just thought that was a simple and quite an impressive way of being able to make a decision about an individual."
"I think the great thing about Slaughter and May is that it’s a place... it’s a firm that does very interesting, very high – profile, challenging, complex work; but at the same time it doesn’t compromise on having a very friendly and open office environment. You can always feel that you can go and talk to people. There’s very much an open door policy and if you ever need help, there’s always someone to ask."