HR survey: Lewis Silkin

HR head
Ruth Willis.

Trainee retention rate
67 per cent.

Assistant attrition rate
10 per cent.

Salary range
NQ – £43,000-£63,000;
7PQE – £76,000.

Offered biannually to fee-earners on fees billed over a 1,200 hours target. Value range relates to fees billed: between 1,200 and 1,300 hours the value is 10 per cent of fees billed; 1,300-1,400 hours is 15 per cent; 1,400 hours-plus is 20 per cent. Past bonuses have ranged from £2,000 to £14,000.

Technical legal training and ad hoc personal skills training.

Biannual appraisals.

Partner progression
Seventy per cent homegrown partners, 13 laterals.

Billable hours target
1,200 for all levels.

Flexible and part-time working
Individual requests for flexible working considered; part-time working available.

Holiday entitlement
Starts at 25 days and rises a day a year up to 30 days maximum.

All staff eligible for the pension scheme on joining the firm. Contributions are matched up to 3 per cent.