TLT

The Legal Cheek View

For a mid-tier largely regional firm TLT punches well above its weight for training and quality of work. This is largely thanks to an ethos that encourages young lawyers to take on high levels of responsibility – and the strong scores recorded by the firm in the aforementioned categories in the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey suggest that it is getting the balance right in the way its rookie are reared. Expect plenty of client contact if you begin your career here, insiders tell us.

It’s an approach that is clearly working financially, with revenue up at TLT by 15% this year following an 8% rise in 2014-15. The firm's profit per equity partner now stands at £225,000.

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Key Info

Training contracts 15
Latest trainee retention rate 82%
Offices 8
Countries 2
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
A
Perks
B
Office
B
Canteen
n/a
Social life
B
Chances of secondment abroad
C

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 8:37am
Average leave time 6:34pm
Annual target hours No targets
Annual leave 25 days

Money

First year trainee salary £27,000
Second year trainee salary £35,000
Newly qualified salary £57,000
Profit per equity partner £225,000
GDL grant £4,500
LPC grant £4,500

The figures above are for London. First year trainees in Bristol earn £29,000 and those in Manchester £25,000. Second year trainees in Bristol are paid £31,000, and those in Manchester £27,000. Newly qualified solicitors in Bristol receive £40,500 and those in Manchester get £37,500.

Diversity

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