Measuring the satisfaction of staff across the land.
The results of the RollOnFriday Best Law Firms to Work At 2023 survey are in.
Over seven and a half thousand lawyers and non-fee-earners across the UK participated in RollOnFriday's satisfaction survey, which asked them to rate their firm's pay, career development, management, culture, work/life balance, and the office amenities. The results represent the definitive guide to which firms spark joy and which hoard sadness.
Burges Salmon took the top spot out of the 57 firms that made the cut. The firm's scores revealed that the Bristol-headquartered firm has the happiest workforce for a second year in a row, with staff praising the firm's culture and work/life balance.
Also for a second year running, Sidley Austin took second place, exemplifying the lure of US firms that dangle the carrot of a nice pay-cheque for a lot of hours, but can still keep staff very satisfied. Sidley didn't have the transatlantic to itself in the top 10, though: Ropes & Gray placed 7th.
Bird & Bird is top of the City's UK firms, in joint third position. It represents a significant climb up the charts for 2Birds over the last few year, having placed 18th in 2021, and 16th in 2022.
Mid-sized City firms featured heavily in the top 10, with Trowers & Hamlins in joint 5th (an impressive turnaround from 2015 when it claimed the Golden Turd) alongside Osborne Clarke, which has a significant Bristol presence, while Addleshaw Goddard placed joint 8th, and RPC came 10th.
Of the Magic Circle, Clifford Chance is the happiest, in 28th place, followed by Freshfields in 32nd, Allen & Overy in 37th and Linklaters in 42nd. Slaughter and May placed 52nd, scraping past half-marks with 52%.
But what about everyone else? Here are the overall results in all their glory/shame:
In the RollOnFriday Best Law Firms to Work At 2023 survey, respondents picked whether they were 'very satisfied', 'satisfied', 'neutral', 'dissatisfied', or 'very dissatisfied' with each of six metrics: their pay, their career development, their work/life balance, the firm's culture, their office and amenities, and the firm's management. Anyone working in the firm, from a partner to a PA to a paralegal, was entitled to enter. Their selections were converted into a percentage (100%, 75%, 50%, 25% and 0%, respectively), and added to their colleagues' marks to determine an overall score for each category and for their firm as a whole.
RollOnFriday will reveal the Best Law Firms for Pay, Work/Life Balance, Culture, Career Development, the Office and amenities, and Management in the next few editions, plus a look at some other interesting titbits - making the coming weeks a stat-nerd's dream.
Thanks to the thousands of people who took part and provided an indispensable guide to where's hot and where's not, and for terrifying managing partners and HR teams in the process.