Eversheds Sutherland

The Legal Cheek View

This summer, in the midst of the July heatwave, one of Eversheds' senior partners hired an ice-cream to give everyone in the office free frozen treats. It was a classy move that is typical of one of the nicer big law firms. Eversheds' highest scores in the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey are for culture – with the firm's partners deemed to be particularly down to earth. Generally speaking, "everyone is approachable", report insiders, although inevitably some more than others: "One supervisor had all the time in the world for me and we could laugh and joke together, whereas my other should only really be approached when necessary!"

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Key Info

Training contracts 55
Latest trainee retention rate 77%
Offices 55
Countries 28
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
A
Social life
B
Chances of secondment abroad
B

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 8:48am
Average leave time 7:04pm
Annual target hours 1,500
Annual leave 26 days

Money

First year trainee salary £37,000
Second year trainee salary £38,500
Newly qualified salary £62,000
Profit per equity partner £742,000
GDL grant £7,000
LPC grant £7,000

First year trainees outside London receive £26,000, rising to £27,500 in their second year, while newly qualified solicitors outside London receive £40,000. The GDL and LPC grants are both reduced to £5,000 for those outside London

Diversity

UK female associates 61%
UK female partners 25%
UK BME associates 7%
UK BME partners 3%

Universities Current Trainees Attended