Norton Rose Fulbright

The Legal Cheek View

Outside of the magic circle, Norton Rose Fulbright is the biggest UK-headquartered law firm in the world, with global revenue for 2016 standing at a massive £1.16 billion. The sheer scale and internationalism of the operation, with over 50 offices across five continents, is a major draw to students; as is the quality of the work at a firm that is particularly well thought of for its finance, energy, property, high-end insurance and transport practices.

A very good place to train, with mostly challenging work (with the exception of some "post completion and working bibles") and "friendly" partners, Norton Rose Fulbright also has one of the higher rates of international secondments among trainees and junior lawyers. Nearly 40% of the firm's rookies have spent time overseas for work, with common secondment destinations including Sydney, Singapore, Tokyo and Paris. One Norton Rose Fulbright trainee reports:

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Summer Vacation Schemes

12-30 June 2017; 10-28 July 2017

Applications open: 1 October 2016
Applications close: 8 January 2017

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Spring Open Day

14 April 2017

Applications open: 1 February 2017
Applications close: 14 February 2017

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First Step

3-7 April 2017

Applications open: 1 February 2017
Applications close: 28 February 2017

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University Manager

To commence autumn 2017

Applications open: 1 March 2017
Applications close: 31 March 2017

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Training Conracts

To commence 2019

Applications open: 1 June 2017
Applications close: 16 July 2017

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Key Info

Training contracts 50
Latest trainee retention rate 96%
Offices 54
Countries 29
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 9:05am
Average leave time 7:56pm
Annual target hours No targets
Annual leave 25 days


First year trainee salary £42,000
Second year trainee salary £47,000
Newly qualified salary £72,000
Profit per equity partner £440,000
GDL grant £8,000
LPC grant £7,000


UK female associates 54%
UK female partners 23%
UK BME associates 11%
UK BME partners 6%

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