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
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.