Mishcon de Reya

The Legal Cheek View

There is a real buzz around Mishcon de Reya right now. And whether it’s Brexiteers picketing the firm’s fancy new London office (Mishcon is leading a high profile challenge against the invoking of Article 50), or celebrity clients getting papped as they stop by for a bit of high value legal advice, this clever little practice always manages to find itself in the limelight. Perhaps more importantly, Mishcon’s profit per equity partner has just smashed through the £1million mark for the first time. The mood, as you would imagine, is pretty good.

Everywhere you look at the firm there is investment, with the training for new recruits so comprehensive that insiders say it “sometimes is too much”. Others lap up a programme that is “designed to encourage new thinking and make us thought leaders”. Meanwhile, the aforementioned new office in Holborn – which apparently hasn’t come cheap – is feted as “completely incredible”. Entry is via a kind of avant garde cocktail bar, where clients can grab themselves sushi and martinis while they wait. Coffee is served, slightly bafflingly, via an iPad.

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Key Info

Training contracts 14
Latest trainee retention rate 100%
Offices 2
Countries 2
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
C
Perks
A
Office
A*
Canteen
A*
Social life
A
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 8:42am
Average leave time 7:34pm
Annual target hours Undisclosed
Annual leave 25 days

Money

First year trainee salary £38,000
Second year trainee salary £40,000
Newly qualified salary £63,000
Profit per equity partner £1,000,000
GDL grant £6,000
LPC grant £6,000

Diversity

UK female associates Undisclosed
UK female partners Undisclosed
UK BME associates Undisclosed
UK BME partners Undisclosed

Universities Current Trainees Attended