Salary

7.8 / 10

(based on 22 ratings in 2017)

2017

"It's very good and trainees received a bonus for this year. The pay is disappointing at associate level when compared to American firms that, in reality, place no greater demands on the individual's work/life balance."
Second year trainee, London
"Trainee salary is high for a UK firm. New qualifier salaries are on par with other magic circle firms."
Second year trainee, London
"There's no bonus for working any harder than other trainees. Pay is below that of the firm's most direct competitors but is still pretty good."
Second year trainee, London
"The salary is decent although raises could be better when compared to US firms."
Second year trainee, London but currently on an international secondment
"It's top of the line in terms of magic circle firms but the difference with New York rates is glaring. Especially given that the firm pays those rates to US qualified associates."
Second year trainee, London
"Pay at the trainee level is at the upper end of training contracts, but we fall short of the American firms on qualification."
First year trainee, London
"Personally, I feel very privileged to be getting the pay we do. I know a lot of people complain about US firms paying more but, quite frankly, we do pretty well. As for perks, this year the firm did really well so trainees also got bonuses and the Singapore office gave us all some very generous gifts for working hard throughout the year."
Second year trainee, London, but on currently on secondment to Singapore.

2016

"Competitive but disappointed that we did not get a pay rise in line with the increase that other magic circle firms enjoyed this financial year. Additionally, certain other firms pay bonuses to trainees, but this is not something A&O is willing to adopt, despite the fact that trainees play a vital part in departments and often perform to the same level of new qualifiers or junior associates."
First year trainee, London
"A recent salary review kept pay static."
First year trainee, London
"Pay is high compared to most other graduate starting salaries but A&O is not the best paying magic circle firm."
First year trainee, London
"We are paid a lot but it's average for this type of firm and below average for the hours involved. There's no bonus, which can make getting landed with loads of work very irritating."
First year trainee, London
"I can't complain about the pay. The American firms obviously pay more but I think there's a culture sacrifice."
First year trainee, London
"Pay is very competitive. We don't have bonuses for trainees but that doesn't bother me personally as I think it would be inappropriate for trainees to have targets anyway."
Second year trainee, London
"The pay is good and the bonus system is very transparent."
First year trainee, London
"We are extremely well paid compared to our peers in other industries and against most other trainee lawyers. We have lagged slightly behind some other large firms following the most recent spending review but this will almost certainly have been addressed by the time any new applicant joins the firm. Just last year we were the highest paying by quite a stretch."
First year trainee, London

2015

"The pay for trainees is about average for the Magic Circle and associate pay has just been increased which is positive, (though bonuses are now much harder to obtain)."
Second year trainee, London
"We don't get trainee bonuses but I actually think that's a good thing, given that trainee's don't have busy-ness targets either. The pay is competitive and they do tend to make sure it keeps pace with other City firms."
First year trainee, London
"We get a very competitive salary but we don't get bonuses, unlike in other firms."
Second year trainee, London
"Salaries for trainees are not quite on par with the pay from US firms but are really not far off."
Second year trainee, London
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