Irwin Mitchell

The Legal Cheek View

One of the first big law firms to become an Alternative Business Structure (which allows non-lawyers to be partners), Irwin Mitchell has a reputation for innovation and business-savvy. But over the last few years the national giant – which has 11 offices across the UK – has been concentrating on the rather more traditional pastime of gobbling up smaller firms as it aims for scale. Specifically, Irwin Mitchell has been building up a private client practice (AKA advising very rich people), following the acquisitions of Mayfair’s Berkeley Law and multi-office South East firm Thomas Eggar.

This strategy has seen IM create three key practice areas: corporate, personal injury and private client. Each has a very distinct identity, say insiders, with the feedback from the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey indicating that the trainee experience at the firm can vary widely.

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Key Info

Training contracts 50
Latest trainee retention rate 80%
Offices 11
Countries 1
Minimum A-level requirement AAB
Minimum degree requirement 2:1

Insider Scorecard

Training
A
Quality of work
A
Peer support
A
Partner approach-ability
B
Work/life balance
B
Perks
C
Office
C
Canteen
n/a
Social life
B
Chances of secondment abroad
n/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 8:35am
Average leave time 6:12pm
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 £60,000
Profit per equity partner £571,000
GDL grant £4,500
LPC grant £4,500

Diversity

UK female associates 74%
UK female partners 34%
UK BME associates 12%
UK BME partners 5%

Universities Current Trainees Attended