Trainee retention rate
75 per cent.
Assistant attrition rate
5.5 per cent over the last year.
The firm offers varied bonuses for outstanding performance at half-year and year-end.
Various training opportunities for assistants, from in-house continuing professional development and soft skills programmes to attendance on external black letter courses. Outside consultants are brought in for specific skills, such as networking and management training, and financial assistance is made available for suitable further qualifications.
Offers 360° appraisal system. Assistant monitored via annual reviews, individual monitoring and supervision from partners.
Partner selection begins with applications invited from all assistants, reviewed by departmental equity partners and then submitted to a full equity partner meeting. Currently 34 per cent of partners are home-grown, with 18 laterals. Youngest partner 27.
Billable hours target
1,400 for all levels.
Flexible and part-time working
Twenty-three days firmwide, going up to 25 days at four years’ PQE, then to 27 after 10 years’ service.
Pension, private health scheme, death in service, Christmas shopping day, bonus Christmas holiday, dress-down Fridays, subsidised gym membership, gifts, cakes, children’s Christmas party, summer family barbecue, subsidised social events.