How good is your firm's social life?

FirmScore (/100)
Leathes Prior 94.9
Mills & Reeve 92.3
Cartmell Shepherd 91.6
Brabners LLP 90.3
Birketts LLP 90.1
Leigh Day 89.8
Forsters LLP 89.2
Bristows LLP 88.9
Kingsley Napley LLP 85.7
Osborne Clarke LLP 85.6
BTMK Solicitors 85.5
Farrer & Co 85.5
Burges Salmon LLP 85.5
Devonshires Solicitors LLP 85.2
Spearing Waite LLP 84.8
Taylor Wessing LLP 84.6
Cripps LLP 84.6
Freeths LLP 84.5
Muckle LLP 83.7
Browne Jacobson LLP 83.0

The ability to go out for a drink with your colleagues after a long, hard day at work should never be underestimated. Moreover, a memorable Christmas party will work wonders to motivate employees. These Lex 100 winner firms have proven that they are a sociable bunch, and that trainees can look forward to getting to know their colleagues on an informal, as well as professional level. At Leathes Prior, there are a ‘number of partners who are willing to socialise after work with trainees and younger solicitors’. Mills & Reeve has a ‘thriving social scene, whether it’s sports, music, charity work or drinking at our local’. Due to the small cohort at Brabners, ‘trainees socialise a lot and get to discuss our experience in different seats’, and at Birketts, there is a ‘fantastic social life and each team has a great dynamic’. Bristows’ ‘open, friendly and collaborative culture’ and the staff at Forsters, who are ‘friendly and welcoming from the outset’ certainly facilitate a fantastic social life. Kingsley Napley trainees ‘have a social budget which means we can regularly get together and catch up which is great as we all get on really well’. One recruit’s best moment at Osborne Clarke was ‘organising a social for my team – we spent all day having a picnic and playing rounders in the park, followed by the pub’!