Reed Smith

The Legal Cheek View

“On good days,” a Reed Smith trainee tells us, the firm’s UK office “reminds me of being a king/queen of London surveying the metropolis from his/her palace, or hanging out on a cloud with friends, a squirrel in the tree tops.”

The firm’s London gaff, high up in the Broadgate Tower, is one of the most impressive around, with stunning views and generally excellent facilities. If only the canteen meal sizes were a little bigger (the food is said to be excellent but slightly stingily apportioned) and the coffee slightly better (currently it is said to resemble “flavoured water”) then Reed Smith’s young royals could stay up in their metaphorical palaces/clouds/trees all day long.

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Deadlines

Training Contract

To commence 2019

Applications open: 1 November 2016
Applications close: 30 June 2017

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Key Info

Training contracts 24
Latest trainee retention rate 67%
Offices 26
Countries 9
Minimum A-level requirement No minimum
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
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 8:57am
Average leave time 7:49pm
Annual target hours 1,600
Annual leave 25 days

Money

First year trainee salary £40,000
Second year trainee salary £44,000
Newly qualified salary £70,000
Profit per equity partner £770,000
GDL grant £6,000
LPC grant £7,000

Diversity

UK female associates 61%
UK female partners 23%
UK BME associates Undisclosed
UK BME partners Undisclosed

Reed Smith does not provide a UK breakdown of lawyers by ethnicity, but globally 25% of associates and 11% of partners are BME.