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Salary

7.8 / 10

(based on 12 ratings in 2018)

2018

"The pay is in line with other firms and a fair reflection of the hours a trainee works at the firm."
First year trainee, London
"Trainee pay is generally in line with other City firms, apart from magic circle and American ones. New qualifier salaries are lower, but we are not expected to work the same hours as other firms with higher salaries."
Second year trainee, London
"Although the pay is at the lower end of the spectrum in terms of City pay, our hours are much better than at other firms. For me, a good work/life balance is more important than a huge pay packet."
Second year trainee, London
"I think I am paid fairly and the bonuses are fixed across the firm and not based on hours worked, which I think is a good thing."
Second year trainee, London
"The pay at the trainee level remains very market competitive. The gap that can develop with some other City firms at associate level reflects the chance to have a better work/life balance at Bristows."
Second year trainee, London
"Compared to other City firms with similar work hours, I think our pay is slightly below average."
First year trainee, London

2017

"We don't get the big pay checks provided at other firms but we certainly don't have to work the hours they do either. We also don't have billable targets, which is a massive bonus."
First year trainee, London
"The pay matches the market as a trainee. As an associate, whether the pay is adequate tends to come down to the working culture of your particular team. Bonuses are not based on targets or hours etc but are a percentage of salary."
Second year trainee, London
"I believe our pay is on the slightly lower end of the City firms and I don't think there is a large bonus system in place."
First year trainee, London
"Pay is a bit lower than market average but I can't complain too much given the hours. We got a small Christmas bonus and there is usually an annual summer bonus. Everyone in the firm (fee earners and non-fee earners) gets the bonus, which I think is reflective of the firm's culture. Pension contributions are only 4%."
Second year trainee, London

2016

"Bonus structure is good, but the pay is a little below the rest of the City."
First year trainee, London
"When the hours are good, the pay is great. If extremely busy periods are going to become increasingly common, it would be nice to get a bit more of a bonus."
Second year trainee, London
"We don't have billable targets and related bonuses. It makes for a good ethos at the firm I think. I like this. The pay is still competitive with other similar firms, but it certainly isn't the same level as magic/silver circle firms. However, you get a life to accompany the pay, which I think is worth it. Associates sometimes seem less happy with this."
Second year trainee, London
"Firm offers a discretionary bonus, which is at the same percentage of salary for all staff (including support staff) based on the firm's performance over the year, plus £600 at Christmas. It's a nice gesture and very much appreciated. We also don't work the obscene hours that lawyers at other firms work."
London
"Bonuses are awarded to the entire firm in the same way, rather than being determined based on billable hours or other individual parameters."
First year trainee, London
"Happy with the level of pay."
First year trainee, London
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