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This year, The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the largest UK law firms by turnover is available as an interactive, digital benchmarking tool. For the first time this will allow you to manipulate each data set against the metrics of your choice.
Salary range NQ – £44,000. Banding ceases after this.
Bonuses Annual bonuses linked to firm’s performance.
Training Firmwide training opportunities are available for law and soft skills. Supervising staff are trained in feedback skills.
Appraisals Appraisals are held on the anniversary of an individual’s joining date. Appraisers seek feedback from those who have worked with appraisees to encourage a spread of views and to increase objectivity. Appraisals are returned to HR and action points followed up.
Partner progression There are 24 lateral partners. Youngest partner 29. Partner selection begins with a written submission to be made by individual departments to the board. The submissions include justification against published lawyer performance criteria and a business plan. Proposals are considered by the board and its comments form part of a promotion pack to be considered by a promotion panel. The final decision is made by the equity partners.
Billable hours target 1,500 for assistants and 1,200 for partners.
Flexible and part-time working Twenty-two per cent of staff currently work either part time or flexible hours.
Holiday entitlement Twenty-five days for assistants, with an extra day accruing per year up to 28 days. Salaried partners begin at 27 days, rising to 30 days.
Benefits Bupa, permanent health insurance, life insurance, enhanced maternity and paternity benefits, sabbaticals. Pensions contributions are matched at 5 per cent,