Charles Russell Speechlys

The Legal Cheek View

Formed from the 2014 merger of Charles Russell and Speechly Bircham, Charles Russell Speechlys is now the biggest private client firm in Britain with offices in London, Guildford and Cheltenham. The firm also has a presence in high net worth individual hubs such as Geneva, Zurich, Luxembourg, Paris, Doha and Manama. For law students who fancy a career brushing shoulders with the global elite, this is a good place to start.

Charles Russell Speechlys (or CRS for short) scores well in the ‘training’ category in the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey, with insiders reporting that the grounding they receive is very good. Alongside private client work, trainees also often get to sample the firm’s specialisms in media law, technology law and general commercial work.

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Key Info

Training contracts 24
Latest trainee retention rate 77%
Offices 9
Countries 7
Minimum A-level requirement AAB
Minimum degree requirement 2:1

Insider Scorecard

Training
A
Quality of work
A
Peer support
B
Partner approach-ability
B
Work/life balance
B
Perks
B
Office
B
Canteen
B
Social life
B
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 8:57am
Average leave time 7:09pm
Annual target hours 1,500
Annual leave 25 days

Money

First year trainee salary £37,000
Second year trainee salary £39,000
Newly qualified salary £61,000
Profit per equity partner £393,000
GDL grant £6,000
LPC grant £6,000

The figures above are for London. Charles Russell Speechlys pays first year trainees £30,000 in Guildford and £26,500 in Cheltenham. Second year trainees receive £31,000 in Guildford and £27,500 in Cheltenham. Newly qualified solicitors are paid £47,000 in Guildford and £41,000 in Cheltenham.

Diversity

UK female associates Undisclosed
UK female partners Undisclosed
UK BME associates Undisclosed
UK BME partners Undisclosed