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Perks

2016

"Partners often take their rooms out for lunches or dinners – these are often at very nice restaurants. The standard dinners after 7.00 pm and taxis after 9.00 pm are available to all. If you've had some very bad hours, you'll normally get a day or two off in lieu."
Second year trainee, London
"All trainees are given monogrammed briefcases at their first Christmas party."
First year trainee, London
"We are given ex-gratia days to use around Christmas and Easter in addition to our standard holiday allowance. Taxis are also available for fee earners who are working particularly late."
First year trainee, London
"Subsidised gym membership, pension, optional private healthcare, ability to claim taxi fare and dinner expenses if working late."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a raffle to bid for cheap tickets to the firm's box at the Royal Albert Hall. There is often a good selection of events on offer."
First year trainee, London
"Lots of good drinks events (departmental and firm-wide) and the partners are generally quick and generous in taking their rooms/teams out for good dinners following busy periods and completed deals. Football/hockey teams (taxis and pitch hire) are also well funded and a good perk."
First year trainee, London
"Taxis/dinners can be expensed if you're working late. We get free food/drinks (cans of drinks, crisps, fruit, biscuits etc). A personalised gift for all of the new trainees at the Christmas party is fairly unique."
First year trainee, London

2015

"The kitchen is full of free drinks and snacks after 6:00pm."
First year trainee, London
"Perks include tickets to football games and other sporting events, and an excellent Christmas party."
Second year trainee, London
"A free healthcare assessment with BUPA."
First year trainee, London
"The firm has lots of drinks and dinners which are some of the best perks. If you work late you tend to be well looked after: food and taxis are provided."
First year trainee, London
"A secondment in the Paris office with an apartment off the Champs-Élysées is the best perk of working at the firm."
Second year trainee, London
"We have free taxis after 8:00pm, and free dinners. Partners also often invite us for lunches and dinners in nice restaurants, and to sporting events. There is also an unwritten rule that is followed by everyone: the more senior person will always get the drinks for the others."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm has a box at the Albert hall, so there are often discounted tickets available for concerts."
First year trainee, London
"The best perks are the regular 'room lunches' that partners take all the people sitting in their office on every couple of months - usually on a Friday lunchtime."
Second year trainee, London
"One of the best perks of working at the firm is the fact that we are generally given two ex gratia days of holiday per year: one at Easter and one over Christmas."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Free taxis after 9:00pm, free food after 9:00pm from anywhere, sweet and chocolates cupboard that opens at 6:00pm, free juice and smoothies from 6:00pm."
Second year trainee, London
"Food and taxis in the evening, tickets auctioned for charity from time to time."
First year trainee, London
"Often you are able to bid for tickets to football matches and get them quite cheap. Dinners are also great."
Second year trainee, London
"An extra £5 on our canteen card every week. Free lunch each time there is a department meeting then. Often invited for lunches/evening events. Informal (but always followed) rule that the senior person pays for drinks!"
First year trainee, London
"Free tickets to Arsenal FC; reduced tickets to Wembley; lots of occasions for free drinks, occasional free meals; pension contribution up to 5% and free taxis after 9:00pm (although the latter is not really a 'perk')."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"Partners and associates are very generous down the pub."
Second year trainee, London
"Associate dinners are excellent. These are in the client dining rooms and the food is superb with unlimited wine. £5 free in the canteen is pretty good as the canteen is already subsidised."
2 yr PQE, London
"£5 canteen balance per week. Taxis home after 9:00pm. Contribution to pension of 5%. Post-deal celebratory dinners. Room lunches paid for by partners."
Newly qualified solicitor, London
"Cakes in the kitchens all the time!"
Second year trainee, Paris
"Free food, drink and taxis if working late."
Second year trainee, London
"Allowances and consideration given for personal circumstances. All the other usual perks. Free briefcase given to all trainees."
First year trainee, London
"Evening food brought to your desk by the very charming general office team!"
1 yr PQE, London
"Tickets for concerts/sports, opportunities to play competitive sport."
First year trainee, London
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