Addleshaw Goddard posts 100% spring trainee retention score

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Addleshaw Goddard’s London office

International law firm Addleshaw Goddard has announced its spring 2020 trainee retention score.

The firm confirmed all 11 rookie solicitors due to qualify this March had opted to stay put, equating to a perfect spring score of 100%.

The group, made up of 8 women and 3 men, will qualify into roles in Addleshaw’s real estate; finance and projects; litigation; and corporate and commercial teams across its Leeds, Manchester and London offices.

John Joyce, Addleshaw’s managing partner, said:

“We are dedicated to supporting the next generation of talented young lawyers and these fantastic retention rates are testament to both the period of growth enjoyed by the firm in recent years and our continued investment in our people.”

He continued: “Congratulations to all 11 of our successful trainees, who have shown an outstanding commitment to both the firm and its clients over the past two years. The quality of work produced by each individual has been exceptionally high and we are therefore very pleased to have been able to offer them all positions within their preferred teams, where I know they will bring an enormous amount of value.”

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The firm’s newly qualified (NQ) lawyers in London will start on a salary of £75,000, while their counterparts in Leeds and Manchester will earn £45,000.

As for its performance in our latest Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey, the firm scored A*s for partner approachability, tech and canteen, as well as As for training, quality of work, peer support, office and social life.

Last September Addleshaw confirmed it was looking to recruit around 50 trainees annually, up four spots from a previous TC offering of 46.

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Legal Genius

Tip top firm – easy to jump to Kirkland or Latham from there.


Addleshaw Debt Finance NQ

This is actually true. Once conflicts clear, I’m bolting.



Lmaoooooo sure mate good ‘un



Can someone please share an honest insight/review of what being a trainee/lawyer at this firm is like?

Seems like anything but elite US law gets demolished here on LC… would be nice to have some objective feedback about the pros/cons also about mid-market firms!

AG seems to have been doing well recently and now pay (75-80k?) which seems decent if hours are not that long!

Many thanks 🙂



I’ve done a vac scheme AG so I can give you my impression. Very friendly firm, top quality work and and a excellent range of top-tier practice areas, both transactional and non-transactional. Hours wise, it is really entirely dependant on the department you’re in. Corporate/Banking can be very variable with some late nights. Firm is also going places (and starting to up NQ salaries to match).



Is Addleshaw Goddard really top of the market for private equity, debt finance, restructuring and fund formation? Surely not?



I use ‘top-tier’ loosely. But regardless, its certainly amongst the top firms for mid-market PE and debt finance.



perhaps ‘very well regarded’ would be a better term.


No, they’re not top of the market for these areas – AG are top tier for several areas though and some do include finance, but this tends to be for lower value deals. If you want a top tier firm for finance particularly you need to go to a MC. If you want big money, you need to go US.


Kirkland NQ

It’s a hole mate. You don’t get top dollar working at a firm like that and none of the partners even own a lambo.



I don’t think any K&E partner owns a lambo either!


Kirkland NQ

Good point junior. By partner level it’s usually a Bugatti, but a Lambo if they want to appear more understated.



Whats the NQ whakk at AG these days? Any chance they up it to £100k anytime soon???


Kirkland NQ



Salaried Partner is a Glorified Associate

Bro do you even Equity?



When AnG merge with DWF – it will be a mega outfit.

It will beat CMS hands down and ALL US firms will be well jel.

Honest. We are AnG are dedicated to giving our staff the best.


Gordon G

Someone get me my broker – I need to take a long position on DWF Group Plc


Bud Fox

Don’t go long Gordo, short the f*cker


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