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7.8 / 10

(based on 12 ratings in 2019)

2019

"The regional first-year salary is above average and very reasonable."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"I do think the gap between the regional and the London office is quite a large gap, especially as Guildford is still an expensive place to live."
First year trainee, Guildford
"I believe there is a stark difference between the regional and London trainee salaries and I don't believe the firm quite matches its competitors. There was no firm bonus received this year and trainees are not eligible for the bonus relating to targets."
Second year trainee,
"I know that the firm has recently taken steps to bring the regional salaries more in line with London salaries but I still think that the trainee salaries are lower compared to other firms."
Second year trainee, Oxford
"I'm happy with the significant increase in salaries this year."
Second year trainee, Oxford
"The salary is really good. Regional firms usually offer a much lower rate than City firms. While that is true here, the difference is not as great as at other firms."
First year trainee, Basingstoke/Reading

2017

"The pay and bonuses are something of an issue. For the hours you put into the firm it is felt that our pay is quite low."
London
"The trainee salary does not seem competitive with other firms that we consider our competitors. However, there was a firm-wide bonus this year as the firm had done well."
London
"It's below average for a City firm."
London
"Our salary is lower than competitors and there's a big difference between the London and regional offices."
"I think pay for trainees needs to be increased and reviewed more frequently. The firm is not keeping up with other similarly sized law firms and the pay does not seem to reflect the hours I have invested so far."
Basingstoke
"Pay is at the lower end of what is expected for trainees at a firm of this level. There has been very little information given to us about pay in the build up to starting work and the bonus system isn't very transparent."
Basingstoke
"It is lower than other firms and, considering that the firm is growing and attracting a bigger client base, I think it could be higher."
London

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

2015

"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
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