HR survey: SJ Berwin


HR head
Ffion Griffith.

Trainee retention rate
60 per cent.

Assistant attrition rate
18 per cent.

Salaries
NQ – £48,000-£80,000.

Bonuses
Annual bonuses are determined by individual contribution to the financial performance of the firm.

Training
Each department has its own departmental training on black letter law. Combination of legal update meetings and specific sessions on individual topics. Assistants encouraged to attend relevant external courses. Business skills development programme, including personal, client and financial skills.

Appraisals
Annual appraisals consist of an appraisal form completed by assistant and considered by supervisor during appraisal meeting. In advance of appraisals the partners and supervisors receive training and HR support. No 360° system, but there is an upwards appraisal process at partner level.

Partner progression
Seventy-five per cent of partners are home-grown and there are 21 current lateral partners. Youngest partner 28.

Billable hours target
1,575.

Flexible and part-time working
Offered on a case-by-case basis.

Holiday entitlement
Twenty-five days plus one day per completed calendar year of service up to 30 days.

Benefits
Life assurance, permanent health insurance, permanent medical insurance, onsite GP, in-house lunch room facility, group health club membership and travel season ticket loan. Pensions contributions are open to all staff at 5 per cent.