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6.8 / 10

(based on 8 ratings in 2019)

2019

"I'm not sure about the bonus scheme but pay is in line with the market."
First year trainee, Nottingham
"I receive an average salary for a trainee in Birmingham and we do not receive bonuses. I know that salaries for solicitors at our firm vary according to team and often do not match market rate."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"The pay is good for the region but doesn't reflect the fact that many of our second-year trainees work at a newly qualified level."
Second year trainee, Nottingham
"There could be more transparency as I have no idea what the new qualifier salary is and it supposedly varies from department to department."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"It is fairly competitive in relation to the market, but it's not top of the market."
Second year trainee, Birmingham

2018

"There are no bonuses for first years and there isn't a substantial difference between the amount paid to a paralegal and a trainee. Saying that, we're about on par with most other regional firms so it certainly isn't a massive complaint."
First year trainee, Nottingham
"Pay appears to be on par with other firms outside of London, although it has not increased over the past few years. Bonuses (once you start receiving them) are fair and calculated on a percentage applied across the board."
First year trainee, Manchester
"It's good for trainees outside of London but could be better in the City. Pay for new qualifiers is generally competitive, although the firm may want to become more flexible on upping its rates for roles that are more in demand."
Second year trainee, London
"The pay is reasonable for a trainee in the area."
First year trainee, Nottingham
"I don't believe trainees are offered bonuses but the pay is about average for a firm of this level."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"Pay is competitive from a regional perspective but, as the firm grows and develops into a much larger one, I feel the trainee wages should grow to reflect this. I have friends who are at comparable regional firms and are paid more."
Second year trainee, Nottingham

2017

"Pay is slightly below average and differs between departments. Bonuses are good and rewarding, provided the firm does well."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"You don't receive a bonus until you've spent two years working continuously at the firm. Trainees can miss out on this due to breaks after being a paralegal or completing their training contract."
Second year trainee, Nottingham
"The bonus is based on the firm's performance rather than individual targets. This means there is less pressure on personal targets and encourages fee earners to share work more freely."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"It's good for the area but obviously a lot less than London pay. It is on par, if not slightly above, the market rate for the East Midlands however."
First year trainee, Nottingham
"Pay is market average for the type of firm. There's no personal bonus – only a bonus related to the firm's overall performance. This could be amended."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"The pay is competitive, although I understand that some of the bigger firms pay more to their trainees in their regional offices. The jump from first year to second year salary could also be improved."
First year trainee, Nottingham
"There's a small blanket bonus structure covering everyone that's dependent on the overall firm performance."
Second year trainee, London
"As a first year trainee, I think the pay is reasonable."
First year trainee, London
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