Dentons

The Legal Cheek View

The world's largest law firm by headcount may not quite be the world's largest law firm by revenue, but it's getting close. Dentons turned over an incredible $2.61 billion last year (£2 billion), an amount only surpassed by five other firms on the planet.

The pace of growth has been searing, thanks largely to Dentons' merger with one of the biggest law firms in China, Dacheng, last year. Other recent bolt-ons to what until as recently as 2010 was London corporate outfit Denton Wilde Sapte include major practices from the US, Canada and France. These days Dentons has more than 80 offices in over 50 countries and counting. Among these are some of the most interestingly located bases of any international firm, with outposts for example in Turkmenistan, the Cape Verde Islands and Mongolia. Closer to home, Dentons has offices in Milton Keynes and Watford as well as a big City of London base.

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Deadlines

Training Contract (Non-law)

To commence 2019

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

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Training Contract (Law)

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 68%
Offices 120
Countries 52
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
B
Perks
B
Office
B
Canteen
C
Social life
A
Chances of secondment abroad
C

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 8:59am
Average leave time 7:16pm
Annual target hours 1,540
Annual leave 25 days

Money

First year trainee salary £40,000
Second year trainee salary £44,000
Newly qualified salary £65,000
Profit per equity partner £530,000
GDL grant £6,000
LPC grant £6,000

The above figures are for London. First year trainees in Milton Keynes and Watford receive £27,200, while second years earn £29,750. Newly qualified solicitors in these locations receive £44,000.

Diversity

UK female associates 54%
UK female partners 26%
UK BME associates 14%
UK BME partners 7%

Universities Current Trainees Attended