Taylor Wessing

The Legal Cheek View

Through a combination of its top-rated technology practice and high profile sponsorship of the National Portrait Gallery Photographic Prize, Taylor Wessing has managed to achieve something extremely rare for a corporate law firm: coolness. But how does the perception live up to the reality? Surprisingly well, it turns out, with Taylor Wessing scoring a highly impressive sweep of A*s and As in all but one category of the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey.

The training is great – and extremely thorough – with a two week training period before you start in your first seat, and then department specific training within each seat. Rookies are granted a high degree of responsibility with some of the work done by the firm for high profile clients including Spotify and Google described as “incredibly interesting”. On other days, though, there can be lots of bundling and photocopying, but the ratio between challenging work and grunt work is generally regarded as pretty good.

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Key Info

Training contracts 24
Latest trainee retention rate 77%
Offices 33
Countries 20
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
A*
Perks
A*
Office
A
Canteen
A*
Social life
A*
Chances of secondment abroad
D

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 9:02am
Average leave time 6:59pm
Annual target hours No targets
Annual leave 25 days

Money

First year trainee salary £40,000
Second year trainee salary £44,000
Newly qualified salary £63,000
Profit per equity partner £770,000
GDL grant £7,000
LPC grant £7,000

Diversity

UK female associates 58%
UK female partners 19%
UK BME associates 8%
UK BME partners 9%