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8.5 / 10

(based on 31 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Base pay is very good when compared across the City (it's not at US firm levels but we don't work US firm hours). Bonuses are a fixed rate across the firm."
Second year trainee, London
"Excellent base pay. Bonus is probably less than some other firms but it's a worthwhile price for a lack of target hours."
First year trainee, London
"I think the pay is close to the top of the market for an English firm."
First year trainee, London
"Pay is at the top of the spectrum if you exclude American firms. Given the hours we work and how pleasant the general work environment is, pay is excellent."
First year trainee, London
"Pay has recently been increased and is competitive."
First year trainee, London
"The salary is great. The bonus is, from what I understand, pretty meagre."
First year trainee, London
"We recently received a pay rise so I am happy with my current remuneration. I feel that, at trainee level, it is a competitive rate."
First year trainee, London
"Very good pay relative to the size of the firm and the flat bonus structure means there's no incentive to stay late to boost billable hours."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"The salary is competitive here, and there is a bonus."
Second year trainee, London
"I think that although the bonus could be better, the fact that there is one offered is a perk in itself. In addition to this, the salary is excellent, and I couldn't be happier with it."
Second year trainee, London
"I feel that we are paid well for trainees at a City law firm, and that there is no bonus culture because everyone receives the same. This engenders a collaborative rather than competitive atmosphere."
First year trainee, London
"I find that the annual pay is about as good as it gets with the working hours we have. Bonuses being flat-rate across the firm and not reliant on billable hours means that no one feels under pressure to attempt to rack up hours to keep their pay up."
First year trainee, London
"I think that the salary is very generous. I could never possibly complain when I feel that there are so many people doing far more important jobs who are paid much less."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"I think we are paid very well considering our junior level. My hourly wage is probably very low (particularly during recent 90 hour weeks) but I am still happy which says something about the culture of the firm."
First year trainee, London
"Pay is on a par with the rest of the top City firms."
Second year trainee, London
"Pay is not as high as some others in the City but probably fair for the size of the firm."
First year trainee, London
"If you take the US firms aside, we are amongst the best paid trainees in the City so we are quite happy!"
First year trainee, London
"The pay is good, and comparable to other top (non-American) firms."
Second year trainee, London
"The pay is generally good and in line with trainee salaries across the Magic Circle."
First year trainee, London

2013

"NQs salaries are in line with similar law firms but there is a sense that they should increase to prevent losing good lawyers to US firms."
Newly qualified solicitor, london
"Salary is as expected but bonuses are low. However, we have no fee earning targets which is great."
1 yr PQE, London
"Bonus isn't much, but the salary is more than triple my training contract (even as a second year!)."
Newly qualified solicitor, London
"Bonuses are paid every year but no one seems to know exactly when or how much."
First year trainee, London
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