Quick Question: What Is The Best Law Firm Office to Work for in London? (As Chosen By Employees)

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Quick Question: What Is The Best Law Firm Office to Work for in London? (As Chosen By Employees) 3

Don Bingham* It may be a trick question because we all know that anyone working for a firm and assessing their breakout rooms, foyers and bathrooms is not only subjective, but hardly have the basis for comparison.

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But nevertheless, the RollonFriday poll of the best law firm in London to work for chose Bird & Bird as Numero Uno.

“Loos are just incredible”, raved a trainee, “I would commute from home each morning to use the loos”. The free barista service (also does hot chocolate) was popular too, and there were shout-outs for the “acai bowl station” and “eggs benny for breakfast so you can be as basic as you want”. 

Bird & Bird trainee
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Ashurst also scored well,  (83%) with its smart new offices in the Fruit & Wool Exchange. Staff said it was, “vastly better ” than Appold Street, the firm’s home for over 30 years, and “finally the IT more or less works”. It was “absolutely amazing, feels like I am in Google”.

Weil, (82%) was also a winner, as befits a major Biglaw US-based player.

“Like working in a hotel,” said one respondent. “If anyone complains in this section they need to remove the silver spoon from their backside (and should leave)”, said a business services employee.

And down there at Canary Wharf Clifford Chance also scored big (81%) due in part because they have something no other firm can claim – in London at least – a swimming pool.

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What Did They LOVE?

Apart from Clifford Chance’s pool, what else did the lawyers love?

The attractions were wide and varied, as one might expect. Toilets were a key ‘feature’ – beautiful or otherwise lacking in charm and fragrance – but there were a number of others that might surprise –

>> gluton free shortbread (Burgess Salmon – 88%)

>> The client lounge (Mishcon de Reya – 87%) – “fancy AF”

>> Office space – “I should not have anywhere near this amount of real estate as my office”. (Kirkland & Ellis)

>> Hdyroponic kitchen garden in the foyer (DLA Piper – 82%)

>> Free sanitary products in the female toilets, good coffee and the “very bright elevator lights. Did not realise I had acne until I got on a Macfarlanes elevator” (Macfarlanes – 78%)

Take the law firm office survey for what it’s worth. And one thing is some humour and a focus not so much on the breakout rooms, foyers, lounges and kitchens. Just follow your nose to the loos.

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