Out of the hundreds of entries received so far, RollOnFriday has plucked a few nice comments to provide an extremely subjective glimpse into the firm in question. NB in some cases there has only been one nice comment. In others, loads.
Allen & Overy
"It's rare that you come across lawyers on the other side who are better than you/your colleagues."
"Location is good, offices are nice enough, some of my friends are there."
"Occasionally good Christmas piss-ups where staff collectively drown their sorrows, vomit them up in the hotel lobby, and get the firm banned from returning next year."
"There is a definite collaborative culture and a willingness to cultivate talent."
"The collegiate culture still exists in most departments (save for those geared for North-Shored low profit margin work where paralegals slave away) and there are excellent lawyers who have the time to pass on knowledge to juniors."
"With the occasional exception, fee earners are friendly and genuinely nice people."
"Good social life. Great people."
Charles Russell Speechlys
"While things are still settling down after the merger, the management do appear to have put thought in to what they want the culture and values of the new combined firm to be. Some of it is cringey corporate guff but some is genuinely good stuff and the firm is mostly a nice place to work. "
Clyde & Co
"Good work life balance. Individual partners are friendly and interested in your development."
"CMS positive about merger but Nabarro and Olswang more nervous (especially support staff)."
"New modern offices. Friendly and sociable colleagues. Lovely Scottish shortbread in the meeting rooms."
"For the amount of hours I actually do (not many!), the salary I get puts my per hour take-home better than US firms! There is always someone in management to laugh at - which helps the short days go by."
"Unpretentious, friendly, hard working."
"Nice people, not many dickheads to avoid. And those are Partners who are ready to retire/ be shown the door anyway."
"The people are all very approachable and easy to get on with. There is a real focus on letting junior lawyers develop relations though BD opportunities. If you are busy you do your work but if you are quiet you can sack off work at 5pm and go to the pub."
Farrer & Co
2PQE: "Outstanding home cooked biscuits."
NQ: "In-house baked cookies have recently been swapped out in favour of packaged biscuits (sad face)."
"The move to Riverbank House has done the London office the power of good. Feels like a great place to work again now. It's that rare thing: a law firm populated by sane humans rather than overdriven nutters who have forgotten about the real world."
"It is a great place to be a pensions lawyer, because on top of great hours you also get paid more than anyone at the same level in the corporate team that is regularly working late nights and weekends."
"They have been very accommodating of my mid-life crisis."
Holman Fenwick Willan
"About two years ago we got a prayer room. It wasn't getting much use, so now it doubles up as a music room."
"Work-life balance is excellent. Office views over the Thames. All staff are really friendly, senior solicitors and partners are approachable and down to earth."
"Toilets aren't offensive and most people are polite enough to disappear into the disabled ones if they need a work poo."
Kirkland & Ellis
"If you make it to the top, you will be better paid than anywhere else."
"It still exists and is reportedly still solvent (as at 29 November 2016)."
"It benefits from the sort of nice camaraderie thats more akin to that seen in films where the heroes march to what is an inevitable demise."
Latham & Watkins
"Very well run. Compensation is at the top of the market (though on a fixed exchange rate so currently missing out on 90k per year compared to contemporaries at K&E). Office is in good location. Can wear chinos to work."
Mills & Reeve
"This may sound like one of those paid-for reviews on Amazon, but I can't imagine working anywhere else. I laugh at recruiters / slave traders that ring up trying to convince me to move and this is reflected by a very low staff turnover across the firm. Having moved from a big London firm, I have never been happier in my working life despite taking a sizeable pay cut."
"We're merging. Nabarro have needed to do something for a while or get left further behind. I think people are very excited by it."
Norton Rose Fulbright
"I've been here for 6 years now and I've not thought about moving anywhere else. That seems like a good sign, although maybe it's because I'm lazy or do not know any better. Either way, I don't think about shooting myself every morning at the prospect of coming to work, so that's a positive."
"Agile working encouraged and lawyers of all levels are encouraged to build their practice area and get out and network. Nearly all initiatives will be supported and you really feel like the partnership value your contribution. Strong diversity/wellbeing drive."
"It is possible to have toast to ease the ongoing pain of a thrashing from a soulless body stateside."
"Very friendly atmosphere and better quality work and clients than might be expected."
"If you ignore the bubbling near-mutiny on pay, most teams are relatively functional; the tosser-to-human ratio is comparably good."
Ropes & Gray
"As the vast majority of lawyers are lateral hires, they have come to Ropes from another firm and with the intention for a nicer workplace experience. It shows. The office is very relaxed and friendly."
Shearman & Sterling
"You get good client exposure and small teams mean you are heavily involved in any matter."
"The Edinburgh office is full of lovely, down to earth people. Only one or two arse-weasels."
Slaughter and May
"Superb client list, best work around."
Simmons & Simmons
"Plenty of drinking, private toilets, free dinner after 8pm."
"I get to work in an art gallery."
Squire Patton Boggs
"One of a small dying breed of firms where partners genuinely work together and try to help one another rather than stealing each other's lunch. "
Sullivan & Cromwell
"It's a very friendly place to work."
"Free tickets to national portrait gallery."
"The new office refurb was long overdue but, now that it's complete, it's actually quite nice (the canteen has gone from awful to excellent). We've had another bumper year so hoping that's reflected in remuneration - last year's uplift was acceptable."
"The firm has resisted the opportunity to merge and now more than ever there are real opportunities for junior solicitors to progress quickly."
White & Case
"A very transparent approach to bonuses. Long hours are genuinely rewarded by the bonus structure. Pay is fair - Magic Circle workloads for higher than Magic Circle pay."