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2019

"We get additional days of holiday for various things. Two days for moving house, one day for religious occasions, one day for charitable causes and one day for weddings/civil partnerships. If you move to another office for a seat, your rent/bills are covered by the firm. There are regular payday drinks and the cost is often covered by the firm."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"The firm offers an extra day of annual leave to be used in a holiday period. It also offers extra leave for moving house."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"Rent and travelling back to the 'home office' is paid for when doing a seat in another office."
First year trainee, Birmingham (but working in the London office for my current seat)
"We have a summer drinks event coming up and there will be some money behind the bar. The firm also pay for membership to the trainee solicitors group."
First year trainee, Manchester
"There are plenty of opportunities for client lunches and dinners as well as opportunities to do seats in other offices with relocation expenses paid."
First year trainee, Norwich
"The firm pays our rent and expenses when we do a seat at another office. This encourages many of us to move around and broaden our experiences without the worry of the financial strain moving can have."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"There are great office secondment perks. All of your expenses are covered if you do a seat in another office and moving about the offices is strongly encouraged, so I can't see why you wouldn't!"
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"There's a very flexible benefits scheme."
First year trainee, Cambridge

2018

"We're allowed two free moving days every five years."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"The pension contribution is good. You can also buy and sell holiday and get additional days for moving."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"The firm has an excellent pension scheme where I contribute 2.5% and it contributes 4.5%."
First year trainee, Manchester

2017

"If you move offices, the firm gives you relocation expenses."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"Moving expenses and the costs of housing are paid if trainees elect to do a seat in another office. The firm pays an annual bonus after the end of the financial year and also pays a separate Christmas bonus. All members of staff receive an additional day of annual leave during Christmas as well."
First year trainee, Norwich
"We have two free days of leave for moving house, which is great! We can also buy or sell a week's holiday, which is really good. If trainees go on secondment to another office the firm will also pay all their living expenses and their travel to come home."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"The social committee organises pay day drinks at the end of the month as well as trips to cricket matches, the theatre or comedy clubs, which are really good fun and give everyone a great chance to meet. You also get a day of 'give a day' leave, which can be used for doing charity work, and two days of leave for moving house. The pension contribution by the firm is also very generous."
First year trainee, Birmingham

2016

"There are a range of benefits that we can choose to opt into. This includes buying/selling holiday and salary sacrifice towards bicycle hire/train costs. If you undertake a seat in a different office, the firm pays for accommodation expenses. We have an annual 'charity challenge' and get an extra day off at Christmas or when moving house/getting married."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"Good pension, free pass to the Botanic Gardens next door, use of the car park at weekends, lockers and showers."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"The option to buy or sell up to five days' holiday each year; good pension through salary sacrifice if required (so more tax efficient); childcare vouchers; an extra day's leave for things like moving house and getting married."
Second year trainee, Norwich
"Subscription to an online discounts website. Ability to buy and sell up to five days of holiday."
Second year trainee, Norwich
"Trainees get tickets for all sorts of interesting events where M&R has a presence, eg Birmingham Chamber of Commerce awards."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"Mid afternoon Prosecco trolleys for 'big birthdays' and other events."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"We have a trainee budget that we can spend on socials. This year we went to a champagne tasting and had paid-for tickets to the local young professionals' ball."
Second year trainee, Cambridge

2015

"The firm offers a range of benefits which we can choose to opt into. There is a good pension and the option to buy or sell up to five days' holiday. There are various medical benefits for staff and their families which can be opted into using salary sacrifice as well as childcare vouchers and bicycle hire."
First year trainee, Norwich
"You are given accommodation expenses if you undertake a training seat in another office; getting to know lots of people across the six offices through inter-office client work; the annual Charity Challenge."
Second year trainee, Norwich
"The bike to work scheme is a great incentive in Cambridge where so many people cycle. And getting an extra day off for moving house is nice too."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"The firm's pension contributions are quite generous. We also get free days for moving house, getting married, and a day a year for charity work."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"We get an extra day's leave at Christmas and for moving house and getting married. Range of benefits including various health checks, medical and life insurance, pension (with firm contribution), Bikes 4 Work, charitable giving and childcare vouchers. We also have access to discount cards at a range of national stores e.g. Boots, Sainsbury's, Asda."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"Corporate hospitality at football matches are like gold dust, but I've been lucky enough to be taken along once. We also get two days paid moving leave every five years and an extra day's paid holiday at Christmas is also excellent. The firm has a very good pension scheme too."
Second year trainee, Birmingham

2014

"Corporate gym membership, day off to move house, good pension contributions."
First year trainee, Norwich
"Pension, free day at Christmas, ability to buy and sell holiday, two days moving house leave."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"The season ticket loan has been the most useful to me. Pension matching is good."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"If you are at work after 8:00pm, you can claim your taxi fare home back. There are plenty of free tickets for events that are organised by the social committee."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"Social events - comedy shows, theatre. Charity Challenge - opportunity for staff to complete some sort of physical challenge (last year it was activities in the Lake District) and raise money for charity at the same time."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"Flexible benefits package so that you can choose which benefits are most relevant to you. Includes the option to buy or sell a week's holiday. The firm also has access to a regular wide range of discounts e.g. at supermarkets, large stores, etc."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"The firm will cover your rent if you do a seat elsewhere; choice in offices; socialising with the firm's employees at all levels, (real cooperative sense to the firm)."
First year trainee, Norwich
"Free tickets to sport matches, expenses for travel (except home to office), occasional free dinners."
Second year trainee, Cambridge

2013

"A good pension scheme, access to a discount/reward website which provides discounts and cash back at lots of retailers and also discounted gym membership. If you do a seat in another office then rent, etc. is covered so you are not out of pocket."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"Give a day - day's annual leave to pursue corporate social responsibility activities."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"CJLD/CYPG membership. There is also an excellent pension scheme. Lots of social events."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"You can do a seat in another office and the firm will pay your relocation costs. This is very encouraging as I would not have had the opportunity to try a particular area of law unless I moved offices."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"The firm give you an extra day's holiday every year during the Christmas period, and an extra day off if you move house or get married! There has been a time when free theatre tickers were given out - I got my hands on a couple of those!"
First year trainee, Norwich
"Tickets to Norwich City Football Club box."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
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