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8.4 / 10

(based on 15 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Fairly typical of a City law firm."
Second year trainee, London
"The pay is good, although possibly slightly below some competitor firms."
First year trainee, London
"The pay is good. As trainees we don't get bonuses, but I don't see a 5% bonus as much of an incentive to work the hours it seems are needed to secure that."
First year trainee, London
"Trainees do not get bonuses, but I understand that it depends on the department as to your likelihood of getting them anyway. A bonus depends on how many hours beyond your target hours per year you bill and certain departments are bound to work you longer hours than others."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"Trainees get good pay which is in line with the market rate."
Second year trainee, London
"Pay is fairly standard across similar firms, though trainees don't get bonuses. I understand that pay is very good once you qualify."
First year trainee, London
"Trainee salary is okay within the market, but has not gone up in a very long time. NQ pay is keeping pace better, which is encouraging."
Second year trainee, London
"The pay is market standard, so I am not disappointed there. The bonuses are hours related - I am thoroughly uninterested in being rewarded for sitting in my chair; I want to be rewarded for doing high quality work efficiently."
First year trainee, London

2014

"I think that the salary level is very good and competitive."
Second year trainee, London
"Good pay - consistent with City average. There are no bonuses for trainees."
Second year trainee, London
"Pay is in line with expectations at large City firm. No bonus."
First year trainee, London

2013

"Good, competitive pay, but lack of bonuses is poor - why would a trainee want to work 100 hour weeks for no bonuses when associates are earning three times more AND getting a bonus for that time?"
Second year trainee, London
"Trainees don't get bonuses. The firm has aspects of being an American firm apart from when it comes to salary."
Second year trainee, London
"Potential for bonuses for trainees on huge projects."
First year trainee, London
"Pay is market or slightly above. Bonuses awarded on basis of hours put in rather than quality of work which I find rather silly and unmotivating."
Second year trainee, London
"Very varied and flexible. I have yet to see any sign of bonuses for trainees working extremely long hours but fingers crossed."
First year trainee, London
"I feel that I earn significant amounts of money for my firm, but there is no Christmas bonus even though year on year the firm has done well even in tough economic times."
Second year trainee, London
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