Mayer Brown

The Legal Cheek View

One of the most highly rated firms for training in the City, Mayer Brown's newly qualified (NQ) associates are so well drilled that they're often targeted by other US and magic circle rivals. But a rise in NQ pay above the £70k mark is illustrative of a newfound determination from the firm to hang onto its talent.

Remuneration has been a bugbear at Mayer Brown since its US-based management team opted against adopting MoneyLaw rates and instead chose to follow what is a broadly silver circle junior solicitor pay scale. With profit per equity partner at the firm standing at £1.2 million – broadly equivalent to magic circle firms – some believe it could be a bit more generous. Still, the rewards are obviously in place for those who make it to the top. And the quality of work is what you would expect from such a profitable firm.

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Open Days

9 and 15 December 2016

Applications open: 1 November 2016
Applications close: Rolling

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Spring Vacation Scheme

3-13 April 2017

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

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Summer Vacation Schemes

26 June-7 July 2017; 10-21 July 2017

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

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Articled Route to Qualification

September 2017

Applications open: 31 January 2017
Applications close: 31 March 2017

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Training Contract

To commence 2019

Applications open: 1 November 2016
Applications close: 31 July 2017

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Key Info

Training contracts 15
Latest trainee retention rate 67%
Offices 24
Countries 12
Minimum A-level requirement AAB
Minimum degree requirement 2:1

Insider Scorecard

Quality of work
Peer support
Partner approach-ability
Work/life balance
Social life
Chances of secondment abroad

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.


Average arrival time 9:09am
Average leave time 7:20pm
Annual target hours No targets
Annual leave 25 days


First year trainee salary £42,000
Second year trainee salary £47,000
Newly qualified salary £71,500
Profit per equity partner £1,200,000
GDL grant £7,000
LPC grant £7,000


UK female associates 58%
UK female partners 16%
UK BME associates 25%
UK BME partners 13%

Universities Current Trainees Attended

The Firm In Its Own Words