Fieldfisher

The Legal Cheek View

Fieldfisher is the place to be if you want delightful partners, wonderful work/life balance (for a City law firm) and decent coffee. The firm is rated A* for the former two categories in the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey. Respondents ranked their superiors as among the most approachable in corporate law, while the hours are said to be “as good as can be for a transactional lawyer” with few staying in the office beyond 7pm. The coffee, meanwhile, is apparently as good as anything you’d find in the more gentrified parts of Hackney.

Fieldfisher – which has enjoyed a very good run of financial results over the last four years – also scored well for quality of work, the supportiveness of its young lawyers, social life, office (especially the fancy London one on the banks of the Thames) and perks (which are often food-based).

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Key Info

Training contracts 14
Latest trainee retention rate 100%
Offices 13
Countries 7
Minimum A-level requirement AAB
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
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 9:09am
Average leave time 6:50pm
Annual target hours 1,500
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 £550,000
GDL grant £5,500
LPC grant £6,000

Diversity

UK female associates 64%
UK female partners 21%
UK BME associates 14%
UK BME partners 6%

Universities Current Trainees Attended