If the firm were a fictional character it would be ………………………..

Diane Lockhart (The Good Wife) – principled and highly knowledgeable.  Takes both the job and social life seriously

The Verdict

East Midlands-based Spearing Waite is a ‘friendly, growing and ambitious’ commercial firm which offers its ‘excellent clients’ a broad range of services. The firm promotes a ‘friendly, human and diligent culture’ which ensures that ‘everyone feels they can contribute to the success of the team and grow with the business’. Stand-out moments for trainees have included ‘sitting in and contributing to discussions with counsel about how to prepare for trial’ and ‘bringing in a new client to the firm’. Though it ‘can be stressful at certain times’, respondents overall speak favourably about the ‘good work/life balance’. There is also a ‘genuine open-door policy’ as ‘partners are approachable and helpful’, and the firm also has a ‘good social side’. The firm is a Lex 100 Winner in the job satisfaction and diversity categories. One trainee created their own pro bono work and has received ‘the blessing of the firm’ to continue the project. Minor complaints include the office being ‘a bit run down’ and the frustration of ‘being picked up on small mistakes in documents drafted’, and it is felt that the firm ‘is too quiet about its achievements and successes as it has no dedicated marketing resource’. However, the intake still identifies that there are ‘clear growth ambitions’ at the firm. To conduct ‘high-quality work’ at a Midlands firm where you can ‘help clients on a daily basis’ alongside ‘people who are friends as well as colleagues’, make a note of Spearing Waite.

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