Howard Kennedy

The Legal Cheek View

Howard Kennedy has gone through some pretty major changes in recent years – and seems to have emerged in good shape, proving the doubters wrong. The product of a 2013 merger between sensible corporate outfit Howard Kennedy and the slightly quirky media law-slanted Finers Stephens Innocent, the combined was firm initially seemed an unlikely jumble of practice areas and personalities. But a successful consolidation has seen turnover tick up towards £45 million and profit per equity partner rise to the half a million mark.

Howard Kennedy’s booming real estate department has led the growth charge, while the firm’s tech and media work – led by high profile co-founder Mark Stephens – adds glamour to the mix.

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Key Info

Training contracts 10
Latest trainee retention rate 85%
Offices 1
Countries 1
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
A*
Perks
B
Office
A*
Canteen
n/a
Social life
A
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 9:05am
Average leave time 6:48pm
Annual target hours No targets
Annual leave 25 days

Money

First year trainee salary £36,000
Second year trainee salary £38,000
Newly qualified salary £56,000
Profit per equity partner £500,000
GDL grant No grant
LPC grant Fees-only

Diversity

UK female associates 67%
UK female partners 29%
UK BME associates Undisclosed
UK BME partners Undisclosed

Universities Current Trainees Attended