Burges Salmon

The Legal Cheek View

Corporate law firms often struggle to differentiate themselves, but Burges Salmon genuinely stands out from the crowd with a model that sees it do a large amount of City of London work mostly from Bristol.

With profit per equity partner up this year by 7% to £523,000, and revenue rising a similar proportion to £87.4 million, the numbers signal that this approach is working nicely. Equally as important, the firm is a very pleasant place to be, with Burges Salmon bagging some of the highest scores in the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey for training, quality of work, culture and work-life balance.

Rookies are said to benefit from a diet of work that is up a notch from most firms – including some of the magic circle – with a system that sees training contracts split across six departments rather than the usual four. Allied to a prevailing organisational niceness, this makes Burges Salmon a really good place to start out, current trainees tell us.

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Insight day

20 April 2017

Applications open: 1 October 2016
Applications close: 30 March 2017

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Training Contract Application

To commence 2019

Applications open: 1 October 2016
Applications close: 31 July 2017

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Key Info

Training contracts 30
Latest trainee retention rate 85%
Offices 2
Countries 1
Minimum A-level requirement AAB
Minimum degree requirement 2:1

Insider Scorecard

Quality of work
Peer support
Partner approach-ability
Work/life balance
Social life
Chances of secondment abroad

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.


Average arrival time 8:52am
Average leave time 6:45pm
Annual target hours 1,450
Annual leave 25 days


First year trainee salary £35,000
Second year trainee salary £36,000
Newly qualified salary £47,000
Profit per equity partner £523,000
GDL grant £7,000
LPC grant £7,000


UK female associates 56%
UK female partners 19%
UK BME associates Undisclosed
UK BME partners Undisclosed

Burges Salmon does not break down data regarding BME employees but overall 4.3% of lawyers are BME.

Universities Current Trainees Attended

The Firm In Its Own Words