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Bristol-based Burges Salmon has stunned its local rivals with a whopping 16 per cent hike in the LPC maintenance grants it pays to its future trainee solicitors.
The firm, which hires around 22 trainees a year, currently pays its LPC students 6,000. This amount, which is already at the top end of the grants paid by Bristol law firms, will increase to 7,000 from September, putting Burges Salmon on a par with most City and national law firms.
Burges Salmon does not prescribe which law schools future trainees should go to. Students will therefore receive 7,000 regardless of which city they choose to study in.
Katy Edge, recruitment manager at Burges Salmon, told Lawyer2B.com: We believe were the only firm outside London to offer this level of maintenance and the increase clearly demonstrates our commitment to our future trainee solicitors.
Burges Salmon will also pay a 7,000 maintenance grant for the Graduate Diploma in Law.
For more information on maintenance grants, check out the Lawyer2B.com salary index.