Trowers & Hamlins

The Legal Cheek View

Big in the Middle East (where it has five offices) and expanding in the English regions (specifically, in Manchester, Birmingham and Exeter), Trowers & Hamlins is a slightly quirky firm whose twin specialities are, rather contrastingly, local government work and international M&A. It’s a mix that seems to be working, with London-headquartered Trowers performing respectably financially and scoring well in the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey.

Insiders tell us that the training is A-grade and the quality of work even better. “I have lots of my own files to run and I have been given really varied and interesting work,” reports one. Peer support and partner approachability are also both first-rate, with rookies reporting a “really good and friendly work environment” where “the people make it!”

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Key Info

Training contracts 23
Latest trainee retention rate 93%
Offices 9
Countries 5
Minimum A-level requirement ABB
Minimum degree requirement 2:1

Insider Scorecard

Training
A
Quality of work
A*
Peer support
A*
Partner approach-ability
A*
Work/life balance
A*
Perks
A
Office
A
Canteen
B
Social life
A
Chances of secondment abroad
A

Grades derived from the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey of over 1,500 trainees and junior associates at the leading UK law firms.

Hours

Average arrival time 8:43am
Average leave time 6:17pm
Annual target hours No targets
Annual leave 25 days

Money

First year trainee salary £37,000
Second year trainee salary £40,000
Newly qualified salary £62,000
Profit per equity partner £310,000
GDL grant £6,500
LPC grant £6,500

First year reigonal trainees receive £28,000, while second years get £30,000 and newly qualified solicitors in the regions are paid £40,000. The firm covers the cost of future trainees’ Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and Legal Practice Course (LPC) fees and the grant is reduced to £6,000 where students are outside London

Diversity

UK female associates 59%
UK female partners 40%
UK BME associates 11%
UK BME partners 4%

Universities Current Trainees Attended