Standing with you, we’re ambitious to provide the best service for you – and it’s ambition with purpose.
In a rapidly changing world, our commitment to environmental sustainability, and our social, inclusion and diversity responsibilities, are central to that purpose – enabling us to support you with your own response to these opportunities.
We’re down-to-earth, straightforward and strategically switched-on. You benefit from our specialism in complex legal areas, along with market sector expertise that’s as deep as it is focused.
We’re always accessible, always responsive. Between you and us, there are no barriers.
Above all, you’ll find our commercial edge is matched by a genuine caring culture – for you, for our people and for the wider communities around us.
It’s what makes us a law firm you can trust. One you’ll enjoy working with.
Our vision is to be the market-leading independent UK law firm that provides the best proposition for its people and its clients.
By focusing on the markets and areas of expertise where we have extensive knowledge and experience, we achieve the best outcomes for our clients, who range from large organisations, entrepreneurial businesses and public sector bodies, to individuals, families and their global wealth. We are trusted to help them with everything from their everyday legal needs to their business critical issues and all points in between.
What Makes Us Different?
Our salaries are highly competitive and are amongst the highest in the legal sector outside London. We link pay to your contribution so you know your hard work is being recognised. Everyone benefits from our annual bonus payment which is linked to salary and the performance of the firm.
Everyone is entitled to 25 days’ annual leave (plus bank holidays) with extra days awarded after three, six and ten years of service.
All our people have the opportunity to volunteer and currently nearly 60% of them do. We don’t limit our people to a set number of days and you can do as much as you and your team think is reasonable. We facilitate volunteering opportunities for you as an individual and in teams but you can also do something linked to your passions through your own connections.
We operate a self-invested personal pension through Hargreaves Lansdown. Pension contributions are as follows:
Employer Contribution 5%
Employee contribution (minimum) 3%
Total contribution 8% (minimum)
Family Friendly Benefits
Maternity, paternity, shared parental and adoption leave
We offer enhanced maternity pay of 13 weeks full pay and 13 weeks half pay to those who meet the eligibility criteria. Those who meet the eligibility criteria for paternity leave are entitled to two weeks full pay. Under the shared parental leave scheme we offer enhanced parental pay that matches our maternity pay package.
• Everyone is offered the opportunity to attend coaching sessions when they go on, and return from, family leave.
• Everyone has access to an online parental leave toolkit coaching module designed to help people manage the parent transition.
• Everyone has access to the Work+Family Space which is a customised website giving access to a range of services to help people manage their working and family life.
• We have a parents’ network that offers support and talks that may be of interest.
If it’s right for our clients, our business and for you, we’ll support you with flexible working wherever possible. Whether you want to work part time, from home, alternative or compressed hours, we’ll consider every flexible working request. Our hybrid working model means you can work from wherever you want, subject to business needs. We don’t tell you how many days you need to be in the office – instead, we trust you to use your judgement and make sure you’re able to meet the needs of clients and colleagues, whilst balancing work and home life.
To us, quality of life is just as important as quality of work. That’s why your wellbeing will always be top of our agenda. We’ll give you the flexibility, personally and professionally, to help you get where you want to be.
We offer private medical insurance to all our people which is currently provided by BUPA. Everyone is entitled to a free health check with BUPA when they start at the firm and every two years after that.
We pay for an annual eye test and contribute to the cost of glasses. We also provide annual flu jabs for everyone who works here.
Our people are covered by a group income protection scheme. This means that your salary will be protected (subject to a successful claim), if you are unable to work for a prolonged period of time for health reasons.
We offer an employee assistance programme, which offers support on a variety of matters including second opinion medical, counselling and debt advice. It is free and confidential.
Burges Salmon offers a comprehensive training programme, both professional and skills based. Our skills curriculum is designed to offer you learning in what you need when you need it and is variety of instructor led courses as well as a variety of resources. Both are accessed via a mobile learning platform that we call LAB, although our friendly People Development team can guide you too. The firm focuses on your career, too, with guidance and sessions that will help you move through your career with the appropriate support.
In the event of death in service, we will pay out four times your salary.
Other wellbeing benefits include:
• Private GP service
• Digital GP service
• Mental health first aiders
• Annual wellbeing week
• Weekly wellbeing bulletins
• Financial wellbeing sessions
Outstanding offices -
Bristol – We have been based at One Glass Wharf since 2010, which is located at the heart of the Temple Quay area of Bristol, only five minutes from Temple Meads station. The building was designed especially for us and is one of central Bristol’s most eco-friendly buildings.
Edinburgh – We opened our Edinburgh office in May 2019. Located in the Exchange District, we’re based in the heart of the city’s leading financial and business centre. Atria One, is BREEAM rated ‘Excellent’ and you will be in walking distance to Edinburgh’s cultural venues, shopping and an abundance of eating options, from sandwich bars to fine dining.
Personal and professional development -
Supporting your personal and professional development is our top priority. In addition to the support you’ll receive from our in-house development team, you’ll also have the opportunity to complete external courses and qualifications that are relevant to your role. The firm offers language classes for a variety of abilities that are open to everyone. These include French, German, Italian, Spanish and Mandarin.
Everyone has the opportunity to join our firm wide social club, BSocial which offers members a wide range of discounts on theatre, cinema and sports activities.
We currently have football, hockey and running clubs with pilates, yoga and circuits classes available at the office. There is even a board game club for those with more relaxed leisure pursuits! We also offer subsidised gym membership.
The social club organises other events and trips away. Recent events have included wine and cheese tasting, bread making, cupcake decorating, weekend trips to London, a Belgium Beer Festival and make-up tutorials.
There is a firmwide social every other month where everyone gathers together to enjoy a few drinks and nibbles. The firmwide summer party is a key event on the Burges Salmon calendar. In the past we have been to Bristol Zoo, had an indoor fairground complete with dodgem cars and a Las Vegas themed ball.
We’re a leading independent UK law firm with a unique model and culture Our collaborative approach to how we do business is totally refreshing. It’s what attracts some of the best legal minds in the industry and it’s why our people love working here. We are headquartered in Bristol, have an office in Edinburgh and a client meeting space in London. All of our trainee solicitors are based in Bristol, which is key to shaping and maintaining a supportive and collaborative training environment and culture. We don’t do hierarchy. Everyone’s contribution is valued and we mean it when we say our doors are open. Throughout your training contract, you will be an integral part of the team, working alongside lawyers who are experts in their field and with a supervisor who will support your growth and development. And it’s not all work at Burges Salmon. You can build your network through our active sports and social clubs. Football, hockey and running groups meet on a regular basis and Pilates, yoga and circuits classes are available at the office. Our social club also organises other events such as wine tasting and weekend trips away, which are great opportunities to meet colleagues from across the business. We’re proud to have been awarded with Platinum ‘We invest in people’ accreditation by Investors in People for 2021-2024, a testimony to the collective efforts made across the firm to ensure it’s a place where all our people can flourish. We are proud of this highly prestigious accolade with only 2% of companies assessed through Investors in People awarded the Platinum standard. So make the jump with both feet and #BeMoreSalmon
We strive to be the best in everything that we do. Many of our lawyers are recognised as experts in their field. We want to continue to recruit the very best people who will contribute to our success in the future.
We work wherever our clients need us to be, both within the UK and internationally. Our collaborative culture underpins the quality of our work and our commitment to delivering exceptional client service. We recruit people who make work enjoyable; for themselves and those around them.
We expect hard work from our people, but in return we continually invest in them. Our people are provided with development opportunities at every stage of their career. We recruit to retain – 36% of our partners trained here.
We have an open culture and are committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone. We value diversity and encourage applications from the widest pool of candidates.
We pride ourselves on the excellent level of service we provide to our clients. We do high quality work for high quality clients. Our client list includes names such as John Lewis Partnership, FirstGroup and The Discovery Channel and many of our departments and people have won awards and recognition as best in class.
We are not hierarchical here. We value and respect everyone's contribution.