The Legal Cheek View
Big in the Middle East (where it has five offices) and expanding in the English regions (specifically, in Manchester, Birmingham and Exeter), Trowers & Hamlins is a slightly quirky firm whose twin specialities are, rather contrastingly, local government work and international M&A. It’s a mix that seems to be working, with London-headquartered Trowers performing respectably financially and scoring well in the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey.
Insiders tell us that the training is A-grade and the quality of work even better. “I have lots of my own files to run and I have been given really varied and interesting work,” reports one. Peer support and partner approachability are also both first-rate, with rookies reporting a “really good and friendly work environment” where “the people make it!”
Work-life balance is among the best in corporate law, with an average going home time of 6:17pm. Part of that is thanks to the relatively early average arrival time of 8:43am. Free breakfasts before 8:30am lure the early risers.
As you would expect for a firm with a strong international focus, there are very good opportunities for international secondments. Around 40% of trainees spend time abroad with the firm, with Abu Dhabi and Oman the most common destinations.
Back in the UK, Trowers scores well for the pleasantness of its offices, with the new Manchester gaff said to rival the London office (which upstages neighbour Slaughter and May with its glass-fronted split level reception) for style.