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Genuinely together

A different culture

We have already shown how an unconventional approach to billing can

inspire collaboration. But there are many other ways in which we create a

strong sense of togetherness and loyalty. We are fair, respectful and go to

great lengths to support one another.

People remain loyal if they are

challenged, rewarded and happy.

For some, the important thing

will be the interesting nature of

the work. For others, it will be

the collaborative ethos, friendly

atmosphere or the pro bono

opportunities to use their legal skills

to make a positive social impact.

We think that the loyalty the firm

shows to its people is an important

factor. We believe that's also reflected

in the high percentage of trainees

who remain with us on qualifying. We

do things the right way, with integrity

and with consideration.

People often talk of the sense of

belonging at Slaughter and May.

While it is hard to pinpoint exactly

where this comes from, one enduring

characteristic of the firm is that the

people here just do not let each other

down. This is a rare and valuable asset.

We often find that our people choose

to spend their entire career with

us. Of 92 partners in London, 69

joined as trainees; others worked as

associates here before being elected

to our partnership - generally we

do not elect anyone from outside

the firm directly into partnership.

This in itself fosters unity. It is a

lockstep partnership; we have never

merged with another firm, and we

grow together by working for our

mutual benefit.

We also support each other by

respecting autonomy through trust.

We place our emphasis less on how

work is done and more on the fact

that it is done - on time and to

standard. There is no 'face-time'

culture, which means that our lawyers

are able to live a full life outside work,

leading to a better life within work

too. We encourage all of our people

to take personal responsibility to help

us achieve our responsible business

objectives and commitments.



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