Trainee retention rate
76 per cent.
Assistant attrition rate
10 per cent.
London: NQ – £48,000;
4-6 years’ PQE – £56,000-plus.
North: NQ – £33,000;
4-6 years’ PQE – £40,000-£66,000.
No firmwide scheme, but performance-related annual bonuses are made to certain staff groups.
Quarterly soft skills training for all staff, in-house briefings and seminar programmes, external training as required, career management programme and partner development programme in conjunction with Manchester Business School.
All staff have a 360° annual performance review, assessed against consistent criteria and incorporating a scorecard approach. The review process sets objectives for the year ahead and identifies development and training needs.
Out of 171 partners, 133 are home-grown. The current number of lateral hires is 38. Youngest partner 27. Partner selection criteria is set using a competency framework and scorecard that is also used for annual partner performance reviews. A business case is produced for each new appointment: candidates undertake psychometric tests and an ongoing career-development plan is agreed.
Billable hours target
Assistants 1,450. Partners 1,100.
Flexible and part-time working
Twenty-five days plus the option to buy or sell five days annually for all levels of staff.
Include life assurance at four times salary, childcare vouchers, permanent health insurance, healthcare, season ticket loans and subsidised gym membership. Pensions contributions are matched at 5 per cent firmwide.