HR survey: Pinsents


HR head
Kate Parr.

Trainee retention rate
80 per cent.

Assistant attrition rate
17.5 per cent.

Salary range
NQ – regions £33,000; London £48,000;
4PQE – regions £48,000; London £67,000.

Bonuses
Formal partner bonus scheme, but no formal assistant bonus scheme – this is incorporated into the annual appraisal and objective-setting process. Determined for partners annually by panel review, ranging from between 5 and 20 per cent of earnings.

Training
A full training programme for all lawyers to meet all training requirements, both technical and in terms of personal development.

Appraisals
Ongoing performance management programme, structured around an annual review and six-monthly update. Only partners are appraised on a 360° system.

Partner progression
Eighty per cent of current partners are home-grown and 29 out of an approximate 150 partners are laterals. Youngest partner 25.

Billable hours target
1,500 hours.

Flexible and part-time working
Offered.

Holiday entitlement
Twenty-five days for all staff, plus five days unpaid leave if required. Also the option to carry forward five days into the following year.

Benefits
Healthcare scheme funded by the firm, permanent health insurance, a pension scheme and an enhanced maternity policy. A 5 per cent pension contribution is offered to staff subject only to age.