Slaughter and May increase SQE maintenance grants

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By Emily Hinkley on


£17 ↗️ £20k

Magic Circle law firm Slaughter and May has upped maintenance grants for future trainees sitting the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).

Graduates completing the SQE prep course in London will now receive maintenance support of £20,000, around an 18% increase on the previous amount of £17,000. It also offers an interest-free loan to all future trainees.

The increase brings Slaughter and May in line with the SQE grant offered by its MC counterpart Freshfields. Meanwhile, Allen & Overy, Linklaters and Clifford Chance provide £17,000 in support.

The 2023 Legal Cheek SQE Providers List

The firm recruits around 95 trainees each year on a starting salary of £50,000 in London. The firm offers salaries of £115,000 to its newly qualified associates.

Slaughter and May is part of the ‘City Consortium’, an influential group of six law firms that send their rookies to train at BPP University Law School. The consortium also includes Freshfields and Linklaters, plus three other firms, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells and Norton Rose Fulbright.

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Do US firms offer more competitive SQE grant?


While you’re at it, increase NQ salaries too


One doesn’t join Slaughter and May for the salary. One joins for the quality of work, the incredible multi-specialism, and to work with fellow lawyers who are the intellectual and cultural elite.

If you ever do want to leave (as opposed to trying to join the most profitable partnership in the Magic Circle), having Slaughters on your CV guarantees you a role at any other law firm globally.

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@legalcheek Why is there no SQE grant filter on the “most list”? Are your sponsor firms against publishing it?


Those of us who received TC offers from them in the past few weeks already knew this 🙂

Confused reader

Congratulations on your tc, but this is a weird comment lol




Obnoxious commenters like this are why slaughters gets a bad rep.

Just wondering

Does they pay sqe course fees in addition to the grant or does the student pay sqe course fees from the grant ?

Optimistic future trainee

The former. Course fees are paid by the sponsoring firm and grants are paid separately to help the student with living expenses.

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