City scape


7.1 / 10

(based on 14 ratings in 2016)


"Pay could be slightly more but it is about average."
Second year trainee, London
"It's a little below average compared to other firms in the area."
Second year trainee, Surrey
"We are not badly paid for a regional office."
First year trainee, Guildford
"It is lower than some other City law firms. However, the hours expected from us are a lot less than other City law firms. I think this is a very fair trade."
First year trainee, London
"I understand the pay to be lower than most other firms of our size."
First year trainee, London
"There is a big discrepancy between the regional offices and the London office salaries, despite the cost of living in some regions being on a par with London. Trainees are not entitled to bonuses."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"The pay is less than it would be in London but it is very good when compared with other regional firms. Trainees don't receive bonuses, unfortunately."
First year trainee, Oxford
"The pay is reasonable for the hours worked."
First year trainee, Basingstoke


"The salary is not the most competitive in relation to other firms of a similar size. That said, we do benefit from a very healthy work/life balance."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a bonus scheme at the firm, but after the merger this got deferred so current trainees have not seen the benefits of this. I think that the trainee salary is perfectly acceptable for the region and the qualification salary is what I had hoped for."
Second year trainee, Guildford
"Pay is fairly competitive. Bonuses are not on offer to trainees."
First year trainee, London
"The pay discrepancy between London and out of London is a bit too much in my opinion. I would be very happy on a London trainee salary."
First year trainee, Guildford


"The recent salary review greatly improved my previous opinion of the salary."
Second year trainee, Oxford
"I think that the salary is realistic for a firm with this culture and hours. We missed out on a bonus as a result of the merger, but hopefully this will be addressed this year, and I don't know how much any bonus will be. However, we had a small pay rise this year which is much appreciated."
Second year trainee, Guildford
"I find the salary to be good for Oxford."
Second year trainee, Oxford
"I have found that the salary is lower than you would expect of a firm this size. However, you are paid in accordance with your work/life balance."
Second year trainee, London


"Pay is good for the regional offices."
Second year trainee, Basingstoke
"Pay is lower than average for the area, but for the expected hours worked are excellent."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is going through a transition at the moment and so the bonus scheme keeps changing. As a trainee, the bonuses were minimal, (but the yearly pay increase was substantial), but I have heard they are better for NQs but they have not been announced yet."
Newly qualified solicitor, Basingstoke
"Slightly uncompetitive, especially at NQ level and outside of London. Bonus is almost non-existent."
Second year trainee, London
"The pay is good but could always be better. The bonuses likewise."
Second year trainee, London
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