Salary

7.2 / 10

(based on 12 ratings in 2017)

2017

"Trainee pay is good but it would be better if the salary was increased a bit higher up the firm to compete with US/magic circle firms. This is obviously very difficult and probably the main reason people leave as they are tempted away by the US salaries."
First year trainee, London
"They're not as high as they could be for certain departments."
Second year trainee, London
"As a trainee, there is no meaningful difference between the big firms. I think the bonuses at new qualifier and above do help here, but it's difficult to ignore the difference between us and American firms."
First year trainee, London
"Trainees do not receive a bonus but I think that the trainee salary, which recently rose by £1,000 for both years, is competitive."
First year trainee, London
"I think we are generally paid well and remunerated according to our position in the market. I think this may become more of an issue in the coming years with US firms making notable and well publicised impacts on the market."
Second year trainee, Madrid, Spain
"The pay is consistent with other firms of our standing."
First year trainee, London

2016

"Could do more to compete better with other, especially American, firms."
First year trainee, London
"Decent pay, though not as high as other law firms."
Second year trainee, London
"Trainees don't get bonuses and I have had little exposure to discussion about this. The trainee salaries are good, but most firms of Ashurst's level raised their new qualifier salary to £70k last year. It would be great to see Ashurst paying this too."
Second year trainee, London
"There is no bonus system for trainees. Pay is less than American and magic circle firms."
First year trainee, London
"One of the better firms for pay."
First year trainee, London

2015

"There are no bonuses for trainees, but pay is on par with other firms."
First year trainee, London
"The salary on offer at Ashurst is comparatively very good."
First year trainee, London
"The salary of trainees is very generous."
First year trainee, London
"Trainees' pay is very generous, considering we can access the Magic Circle level work without the long hours."
First year trainee, London
"The pay is a very good starting salary, especially considering how much we are still learning. There are a large number of benefits available to us including gym membership, health insurance and season ticket loan."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Pay is in keeping with the top City firms - so I can't really complain."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is not particularly transparent on the subject of salaries. Too focused on hours for bonuses. No bonuses for secretarial staff or trainees."
Second year trainee, London
"Salaries are competitive."
First year trainee, London
"I am glad that trainees do not participate in the bonus pool - it would cause additional pressure. The salary could be higher to reflect those at MC firms, with whom we are supposedly on a par."
First year trainee, Londn
"Pay is competitive. Trainees do not receive bonuses which is a good thing - some departments are busier than others and it's somewhat out of trainees' control how much work they are given."
Second year trainee, London
"The pay is good. It's what you'd expect from a firm at our level. However, trainees do not get bonuses, and from what I gather bonuses are never good, however far you progress within the firm. This does not compare well to other firms of our standard."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"Pay for trainees is very competitive. Can't comment on higher up."
Second year trainee, London
"Given the hours we often have to work, and the unpredictability of them, I do think we should be paid more. However, what we are paid is consistent with all of the other law firms in this league."
Second year trainee, Madrid
"Our pay more or less matches that at other firms at the same level."
Second year trainee, Dubai
"I'm very happy with my salary, but it would be nice to have the opportunity to get a bonus based on the number of hours you work."
First year trainee, London
"Pay is really good for a first job in London - and it only gets better. No bonuses for the trainees though."
First year trainee, London
"On the better side of the English firm standard."
Second year trainee, London
"Good salary, but I would say we deserve it! Don't get bonuses until associate level."
First year trainee, London
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