Slaughter and May.
Slaughter and May.

Slaughter and May.

3 Star Rating     1 review 
Main Office:

One Bunhill Row | London | London | EC1Y 8YY

Phone: 44-0-20-7600-1200 | Fax: 44-0-20-7090-5000

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Year of establishment 1875 Number of partners 112
Number of offices 4 Partner to associate ratio 0.30
Biggest office London Percentage of women attorneys 33.60
Number of attorneys 528 Percentage of minority attorneys 13.60
Number of associates 420 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 1.80
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Slaughter and May. Reviews

- Reviewed on July 28, 2017

Advice to law firm management: Putting more emphasis on work place relationships might help the mood and overall moral of the work place especially when things get stressful.

Pros: I've worked for other law firms, and I can say without doubt that this is one of the strictest ones when it comes to work environment and quality that is expected of the work. I think that is something that as a lawyer who is passionate about their work can appreciate. The firm has a great reputation in the field of law we practice. Working here will definitely look great on a resume especially if my superiors have great things to say about me.

Cons: While the strict culture is something that can be positive, it is also something that can be negative. Sometimes the workplace has an aura of tiers as to how the associates are treated and what is expected of us. I wish there was more of a welcoming environment. But overall, it is nothing that ever becomes distressing or damaging to the workplace.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee


Slaughter and May is regarded as one of the most prestigious law firms in the world. We advise on high-profile and groundbreaking international transactions and have an excellent and varied client list that includes leading corporations, financial institutions and governments.

Notable cases

  • Serve as legal counsel for Premier Foods on an agreement to sell its sweet spreads and jellies business, including the Hartley's, Robertson's, Frank Cooper, Keiller, Gale's, and Sun-Pat brands, to The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. for

Slaughter and May. Awards and Recognitions

Employment, Pensions & Benefits Team of the Year (Legal Business Awards, 2012). M&A Team of the Year (British Legal Awards, 2011). Legal Innovation in Corporate Law (FT Innovative Lawyer Awards, 2011). Equity Deal of the Year (IFLR India Awards, 2011). European M&A Tax Team of the Year (International Tax Review Awards, 2011). Corporate Team of the Year (Legal Business Awards, 2011). Competition Team of the Year (Legal Business Awards, 2011). Deals of the Year 2010 - Banking & Finance (India Business Law Journal). Legal Adviser of the Year (The Financial Times and Mergermarket Group European M&A Awards, 2010). Debt and Equity-linked Deal of the Year (IFLR Middle East Awards, 2010).


The key belief at Slaughter & May is that it achieves excellence only through collective effort and its attorneys' willingness to share their expertise. In order to encourage a healthy exchange of a wide range of different ideas and expertise, the firm's partners and recruiters strive hard to maintain the diversity of talent at the firm. Slaughter & May encourages commitment to work and recognizes and rewards innovative thinking irrespective of the race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or age of its employees.

Summer associate program

The supervising attorneys at Slaughter & May work hard to ensure that the trainees have a varied, demanding, and rewarding experience working at the firm. They routinely assign trainees work on real-life cases. This hands-on experience is further supplement with attorney-led training sessions and a wide range of social events that enable the trainees to meet the Who's Who in the business and legal worlds. As part of the trainee program at Slaughter & May, the trainee associates are required to work in different practice areas gaining experience in both non-contentious and contentious work. The trainees often find themselves drafting commercial agreements, attending court and seeking an injunction, or participating in a meeting with prominent investment bankers negotiating the offer terms for a high-profile public takeover. The partners at Slaughter & May regularly conduct review meetings and provide constructive and honest feedback to the trainee associates. They also provide a forum in which the trainees and the supervising attorneys can discuss the trainees' progress and suggest ways in which these trainee associates can enhance their legal skills, knowledge, and experience.

Working for the Slaughter and May.

Every day at Slaughter & May brings a new set of challenges, and hence, the one thing that you will never be at this firm is bored. The variety and scope of the work that the firm handles suits a number of different personalities and is unified by a shared commitment to a successful outcome and quality of service. Throughout the firm, you will find an underlying sense of pride and an extremely friendly and supportive work environment. The partners strongly believe in the importance of individual contribution to the firm's success and in personal respect. This culture underpins the approach at Slaughter & May and is considered integral to the firm's success. Further, Slaughter & May has perhaps the shortest partnership track among the top-tier law firms in the UK. The past few years have seen attorneys with just about 7+ years of full-time exceptional law experience become full equity partners at the firm.


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