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6.1 / 10

(based on 21 ratings in 2017)

2017

"While it may not be quite the same as my peers at other top-tier firms in Bristol, I am very happy with the salary."
First year trainee, Bristol
"It's good for the region at a junior level but the disparity between the wider offices and slow pay progression means that, by the time you reach associate level, other north-east firms pay more."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"Trainees don't get bonuses and the pay could be much more competitive."
First year trainee, Normally Plymouth currently London
"Pay is fine. It's lower than competitors in the City but still reasonable."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"It could be better for the biggest firm in the north-east."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"Pay is reasonable for a regional firm and considering the relaxed culture. However, there are times I would expect more. The bonus scheme does not really cater for trainees."
First year trainee, Southampton
"Apparently it is good for Newcastle but it isn't as good when compared to trainees in other cities and firms."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"It could be higher but the work/life balance is better than elsewhere."
Second year trainee, Bristol

2016

"Trainees aren't eligible for bonuses."
Second year trainee, Newcastle upon Tyne
"The bonus structure for trainees is ad hoc so I can't comment. Pay is more than competitive for the Newcastle office but I'm not so sure about the other regions."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"I think it needs to be improved and equalised across the network. There are still huge discrepancies between legacy firms."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"It's a shame trainees do not qualify for the current bonus scheme, but I can see why as some are in much quieter teams than others. Pay is competitive for the region."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"The firm's salary is very competitive and the highest for a law firm in Newcastle."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"Trainees cannot get bonuses for working extra hours and pay is less than at other firms."
First year trainee, London

2015

"Although communication over eligibility for bonuses could have been better this year, and I believe that there needs to be more clarity over the NQ salary, I do think that trainee pay is good for the area."
Second year trainee, Southampton
"I am happy with my pay for the area I live in. The bonus scheme doesn't really affect me so I can't comment."
First year trainee, Plymouth
"The current trainee salary is good. It is difficult for trainees to achieve sufficient chargeable hours to qualify for the current bonus scheme, although some trainees did achieve it this year. I'm satisfied with the pay so don't particularly see this as an issue."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"For the region we have a very good salary, I couldn't comment on the other offices. The bonus scheme seems quite complex, I haven't really considered it in any great detail."
First year trainee, Newcastle

2014

"Since Bond Dickinson's merger, the pay for trainees has increased quite significantly."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"The pay is good for a firm of this size in regional offices. The bonus scheme is lucrative if you make it, and the targets are not beyond the realms of possibility. I like being incentivised to put in the hours."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"I think that salaries are reasonable, but as the business continues to expand, they will have to meet our competitors' pay structures."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The initial training contract salary is good in my opinion, but it could be better in terms of the size of the firm post-merger."
First year trainee, Southampton
"The pay is much better now that the firm has merged."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"Unfortunately, due to the discrepancies in working hours across the different sectors and business groups, the pay does not always accurately reflect the hours of work required or the complexity of work involved in my opinion."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"The pay for trainees is good compared to other Bristol firms, after NQ it doesn't keep up with competitors. The bonus system has been overhauled, so I will have to wait and see what happens at the end of FY."
Second year trainee, Bristol
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