Mills & Reeve

The Legal Cheek View

Slightly removed from the City of London, with a strong presence in Cambridge and particular expertise in sexy areas like tech and life sciences, Mills & Reeve has a donnish image that attracts students seeking an alternative to global megafirm life.

Trainees at the firm are split between its offices in Birmingham, Manchester, Norwich and the aforementioned Cambridge, but frequently spend time in London and Leeds too. They benefit from some of the better levels of work/life balance among large commercial law firms and a friendly culture that partially makes up for the rather low rookie salaries (see below). But perhaps the biggest sell to potential new recruits is the quality of work, which is rated excellent in the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey.

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Key Info

Training contracts 18
Latest trainee retention rate 75%
Offices 6
Countries 1
Minimum A-level requirement BBB
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
A
Office
A
Canteen
B
Social life
A
Chances of secondment abroad
C

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 8:41am
Average leave time 6:14pm
Annual target hours No targets
Annual leave 25 days

Money

First year trainee salary £25,000
Second year trainee salary £26,500
Newly qualified salary £40,000
Profit per equity partner £330,000
GDL grant £4,500
LPC grant £4,500

Diversity

UK female associates 66%
UK female partners 27%
UK BME associates 13%
UK BME partners 9%

Universities Current Trainees Attended