Hill Dickinson

The Legal Cheek View

Liverpool's global law firm has had a tough time of late, but Hill Dickinson remains a huge player in the North West legal market with particular strengths in litigation and insurance work. The firm has been hit by turbulence in these practice areas, as it tries to strengthen in areas like real estate and fraud, with revenues falling over the last couple of years and the most recently released profit per equity partner figure down 4% to £261,000.

What this translates to for trainees and junior lawyers at Hill Dickinson is wages at the lower end of the corporate law spectrum (see below). Of course, the cost of living is much lower in Liverpool and Manchester than it is in London. And hours are much shorter, with most of Hill Dickinson's junior solicitors out of the door by 6:30pm.

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Key Info

Training contracts 14
Latest trainee retention rate 79%
Offices 8
Countries 6
Minimum A-level requirement ABB
Minimum degree requirement 2:1

Insider Scorecard

Training
B
Quality of work
A
Peer support
A
Partner approach-ability
A
Work/life balance
B
Perks
C
Office
B
Canteen
C
Social life
C
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 8:30am
Average leave time 6:34pm
Annual target hours 1,600
Annual leave 25 days

Money

First year trainee salary £32,000
Second year trainee salary Undisclosed
Newly qualified salary £58,000
Profit per equity partner £261,000
GDL grant £7,000
LPC grant £7,000

The above figures are for London. First year trainees in Liverpool receive £24,000, while newly qualified solicitors earn £38,000.

Diversity

UK female associates 56%
UK female partners 22%
UK BME associates 7%
UK BME partners 3%