HR survey: Taylor Wessing

HR head
Jonathan Croucher.

Trainee retention
66 per cent.

Assistant attrition rate
12 per cent.

Salary range
NQ – £48,000-£105,000.


Regular workshops and internal training sessions covering black letter law.

There is an annual appraisal system for assistants, but no upward review of partners. Assistants can make their views known through the firm’s mentoring scheme, staff questionnaires and meetings with heads of department.

Partner progression
Fifty-seven per cent of partners are home-grown. Youngest equity partner 29; youngest fixed share partner 28.

Billable hours target
Partners 1,250, associates 1,570.

Flexible and part-time working

Holiday entitlement
Twenty-five days.

Private medical insurance, occupational pension scheme, life assurance at four times annual salary, permanent health insurance and interest-free travel season ticket loan. All employees are entitled to join the firm’s pension scheme from the thirteenth month of service, providing a 6 per cent employer contribution.