HR survey: Burges Salmon

HR head
Bob Llewellin

Trainee retention rate
95 per cent.

Assistant attrition rate
14 per cent.

Salary range
NQ – £34,000 (to be reviewed in September).

Annual bonuses based on firm’s performance.

The annual training programme covers black-letter law, with emphasis on the individual’s department area. There is also a bespoke portfolio of business development and personal improvement skills courses. One-to-one coaching is also offered.

Assistants make their views known through annual departmental meetings, electronic surveys, the firm’s Contact Partner Scheme and regular departmental ‘prayer’ meetings.

Partner progression
Of the firm’s 54 partners, 11 trained with Burges Salmon, 38 were associate laterals before being made up and there are five lateral partners. Youngest partner 29. The annual partner selection process requires a departmental proposal, board approval and a formal endorsement at the partners’ conference.

Billable hours target

Flexible and part-time working

Holiday entitlement
Twenty-five days with an additional day at three, six, and 10 years’ service.

Five per cent pension, life assurance, private health and medical insurance, relocation assistance and a sports and social club.

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