King & Wood Mallesons

The Legal Cheek View

About as international as it gets, King & Wood Mallesons is formed from three recent mergers between top City of London player SJ Berwin, Chinese market leader King & Wood, and Australian giant Mallesons. The UK and Europe arm plays a major part in operations, accounting for around a third of global revenue, and the London office has a strong identity in its own right that dates back to its SJ Berwin days.

With a highly-regarded corporate practice, this is a very good place to train with a supportive vibe and close knit trainee cohort. One tells us: "The trainees here are a pretty decent bunch. Of course you are closer with some than others, but people will generally lend a hand if needs be. One of my fellow trainees in a different department was happy to perform a company search for me and send me the results via text when I was working off-site and my blackberry had died."

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Deadlines

Open days

13 & 15 December 2016; 10 January & 12 January 2017

Applications open: 1 October 2016
Applications close: Winter 2016

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Spring Vacation Scheme

Spring 2017

Applications open: 1 October 2016
Applications close: 31 January 2017

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Training Contract

To commence 2019

Applications open: 1 October 2016
Applications close: 31 January 2017

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Summer Vacation Schemes

9-30 June 2017; Monday 10-14 July 2017

Applications open: 1 October 2016
Applications close: 31 January 2017

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Key Info

Training contracts 30
Latest trainee retention rate 57%
Offices 30
Countries 15
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
C
Perks
A
Office
A
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 9:16am
Average leave time 7:57pm
Annual target hours 1,575
Annual leave 25 days

Money

First year trainee salary £40,000
Second year trainee salary £44,000
Newly qualified salary £70,000
Profit per equity partner £610,000
GDL grant £7,250
LPC grant £7,250

Diversity

UK female associates 42%
UK female partners 21%
UK BME associates 10%
UK BME partners 5%

Universities Current Trainees Attended