Pinsent Masons

The Legal Cheek View

The firm which briefly began life as Masons Pinsent, before swiftly re-ordering its name upon discovering that the corresponding internet domain had been squatted, is now one of the most recognisable in the UK. Formed following a merger in 2004 between national outfits Pinsents and Masons, the combined Pinsent Masons went on to shack up with Scottish giant McGrigors in 2012. Now it has a total of 22 offices across the globe, including a big British presence, with bases in Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, and Manchester, alongside its City of London headquarters.

Unlike many corporate firms, Pinsent Masons gives its British offices equal status, with a renowned UK-wide projects practice setting the tone for an approach that is less London-centric than many. Tech, energy and real estate are other strong points. Internationally, the firm is strongest in mainland Europe, Asia and the Middle East. According to the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey, 12% of Pinsents' trainees and junior lawyers have done international secondments.

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Deadlines

Vacation Placement - Scotland

Summer 2017

Applications open: Autumn 2016
Applications close: 8 January 2017

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Vacation Placements - England

Summer 2017

Applications open: Autumn 2016
Applications close: 8 January 2017

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Training Contract - Scotland

To commence 2019

Applications open: Autumn 2016
Applications close: 30 September 2017

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Training Contract - England

To commence 2019

Applications open: Autumn 2016
Applications close: 28 July 2017

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Key Info

Training contracts 72
Latest trainee retention rate 80%
Offices 22
Countries 11
Minimum A-level requirement 300 UCAS
Minimum degree requirement 2:1

Insider Scorecard

Training
A
Quality of work
A
Peer support
A
Partner approach-ability
A
Work/life balance
B
Perks
B
Office
B
Canteen
B
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 City of London law firms.

Hours

Average arrival time 8:51am
Average leave time 6:46pm
Annual target hours 1,500
Annual leave 25 days

Money

First year trainee salary £38,000
Second year trainee salary £41,000
Newly qualified salary £62,000
Profit per equity partner £550,000
GDL grant £6,000
LPC grant £7,000

The above figures are for London. First year trainees in the regions earn £26,500 and £24,500 in Scotland. Second years get £28,500 in the regions and £24,500 in Scotland. Newly qualified solicitors receive £40,000 in the regions and £38,000 in Scotland.
LPC and GDL grants are £5000 outside of London.

Diversity

UK female associates 62%
UK female partners 29%
UK BME associates 13%
UK BME partners 6%

Universities Current Trainees Attended