HR survey: Blake Lapthorn Linnell

HR head
Jeanette Nicholson.

Trainee retention rate
90 per cent.

Assistant attrition rate
Fourteen per cent over the last year.

Salary range
NQ – £29,000.
No formal salary bands.

Annual bonuses refer to firm profitability and range in value of up to 7 per cent of salary.

Wide range of training opportunities both on black letter law and personal improvement skills.

Appraisals are balanced against an evidence-based competency framework.

Partner progression
Forty-five per cent of current partners are home-grown. Youngest partner 26 (equity partner 31).

Billable hours target
1,200 general target, variable for partners.

Flexible and part-time working

Holiday entitlement
Twenty-five days for each band of assistant.

Private health care, life cover and a pension offered to all employees at 5 per cent of salary.