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6.7 / 10

(based on 11 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Pay is competitive. There are no bonuses for trainees."
Second year trainee, London
"Not the worst, not the best."
Second year trainee, London
"We don't receive bonuses at this level but pay seems to be in line with colleagues at other City firms."
First year trainee, London
"Pay is good but I don't know whether bonuses are in line with other firms or not."
Second year trainee, London
"I think its low compared to other City firms."
First year trainee, London
"Pay has remained stagnant for a few years now in a market in which other firms are increasing their pay. Nevertheless, it's still a competitive salary. There are no bonuses for trainees but pay does increase in the second year."
First year trainee, London
"Decent for trainees."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"Salaries are in the middle of the London pack, but the firm is facing pressure from an influx of American-based firms establishing footholds in the City."
First year trainee, London
"Trainee salaries are all similar. It seems like a lot of money when you start, but once you pay rent near enough work to make long hours bearable, not much is left! There are no bonuses. Once qualified the pay is much increased but I think some feel they work Magic Circle hours for less pay."
Second year trainee, London
"Trainees aren't entitled to bonuses. The pay could probably be better when you compare the hours that we do, against the hours and pay that trainees at American law firms get."
Second year trainee, London
"Trainee salaries are very comparable to the average on offer in a London law firm."
First year trainee, London
"Pay is comparable to other firms of a similar size at trainee level, but I worry that there is a lack of opportunity in terms of salary at associate level."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"Trainees do not receive bonuses. Pay is fairly standard City rates, but pay as an NQ is still marginally behind other firms in the same bracket."
Second year trainee, London
"The salary is obviously far above national average but lagging behind comparable firms in the market. Bonuses are non-existent for trainees and small for associates."
Second year trainee, London
"Pay is good but there are no bonuses."
First year trainee, London
"I am paid a good wage for the work I do."
First year trainee, Reading
"Trainees don't get bonuses and there are fewer 'perks' than at some other firms. Nonetheless it's a good London wage."
First year trainee, London
"Same as any trainee solicitor in the City. The pay gap starts to widen at qualification - but it's worth it for the decent work hours."
First year trainee, London

2013

"Bonuses for trainees are non existent. Pay is certainly decent, but a little bit less than firms in the same bracket."
First year trainee, London
"Competitive with similar sized firms."
First year trainee, Reading
"I think that the pay is competitive (although I can only boast a limited knowledge). There were no bonuses this year which at Christmas I found very disappointing."
Second year trainee, London
"Pay could be higher when compared to similar competitors. Have not had a bonus in all of my time at the firm."
Newly qualified solicitor, London
"For trainees, the pay is good - slightly below City and American firms but I feel that on average we would not work as many hours as trainees at those firms."
Second year trainee, London
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