Kirkland & Ellis has overwhelmingly emerged as the firm that London law students and associates would least like to join, The Lawyer can reveal.
As reported yesterday, in a survey of attitudes that forms part of this year’s new Top 50 US firms in London report, respondents were asked to name the US firm in London they would never want to work for and why.
Kirkland overwhelmingly emerged as the firm the largest number of respondents said they would not want to work for, with 30 per cent of the votes.
In second place White & Case received 11 per cent of the votes while Skadden received 9 per cent.
Latham & Watkins, which topped the poll of US firms in London law students and associates would most like to join, was also joint fourth least liked with Jones Day on 8 per cent.
One respondent noted that Kirkland has a “slave reputation”, whereas another said that they would never want to work for Kirkland simply “because they are mental”. Another respondent agreed, saying that Kirkland was “essentially a workhouse run by robot partners”.
But Kirkland also received several positive comments from respondents to the survey. One said, “exceptional reputation for FS regulatory work, and a damn good pay packet”, while another described it as “the best and most ambitious firm in the City”.
Indeed it is particularly notable that the firms respondents stated they would not want to work for, Kirkland included, are also those that other respondents said they would want to work for, suggesting that the visibility of these firms’ brands played a significant role in their ranking on both questions.
Kirkland declined to comment.