Working in Manchester

Insights from Andrew Moore, a solicitor working in our Manchester office:

How would you describe the culture of your office?

The Manchester office is a hardworking office with a “can do” attitude but is also a very relaxed and supportive office with friendly and approachable colleagues.

What is the actual office like as a place to work in?

It is one of the smaller offices within a serviced building with great facilities. We have an all day café and restaurant right next door to the office, which is great, particularly when you are rushing into the office in the morning and have forgotten to have your breakfast! We are open plan, as are all of the other offices, which encourages conversation and a friendly atmosphere.

What kind of hours do you work?

The core hours are 9.00am to 5.00pm, as they are with our other offices, although generally there are people here early and working late. If on occasion you do have to work late, there is flexibility so if workloads aren’t too high you are not expected to stay late every night. We genuinely feel part of a team, all of whom are committed to achieve the same goals.

How long does it take you to get into work?

Generally 25 to 40 minutes depending on whether you walk from your city centre accommodation or use public transport, all of which is easily accessible from the office.

What kind of social life do you enjoy with your colleagues?

Here in the Manchester office we socialise on a weekly basis. As we are a smaller office we spend a lot of time together and a lot of time at marketing events so we all have a great relationship. There are plenty of places to go after work and we frequently do!!

What is the best thing about working in Manchester?

Manchester has a real buzz in the air both socially and professionally – there is a real entrepreneurial spirit to the city.

What local bars and restaurants do you recommend?

Too many to choose from! All food tastes are catered for. The Yang Sing is one of the top Chinese restaurants in the country. San Carlos is an upmarket Italian. There are also the traditional pubs including the Briton's Protection just down the road. Deansgate is only five minutes away as that is where most young people go to.

What else is there to do in Manchester?

Everything: you do not have to be in London to enjoy culture and get the very best entertainment. There are concert venues for all musical tastes, the Chill Factor for those who like to ski or want to learn how to. Two Premiership football teams. The Lowry, Royal Exchange and Library theatres. The Halle orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall 2 minutes from the office. Great shopping (Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and all other main retailers). An atmospheric Christmas market scene. And a short drive out of town you'll find wonderful countryside.

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