Howard Kennedy

The Legal Cheek View

Howard Kennedy has gone through some pretty major changes in recent years – and seems to have emerged in good shape, proving the doubters wrong. The product of a 2013 merger between sensible corporate outfit Howard Kennedy and the slightly quirky media law-slanted Finers Stephens Innocent, the combined firm initially seemed an unlikely jumble of practice areas and personalities. But a successful consolidation has seen turnover tick up towards £50 million and profit per equity partner rise by to over half a million pounds.

Howard Kennedy’s financial services and real estate departments have led the growth charge, while the firm’s tech and media work, led by high profile co-founder Mark Stephens, adds glamour to the mix.

A move out of the West End – where both legacy firms had been based – to swanky 1 London Bridge overlooking the Thames and the City is symbolic of the new Howard Kennedy ethos. Trainees praise the “amazing views”. Instructions are increasingly coming in from the banks, companies and start-ups across the river.

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Key Info

Training contracts 8
Latest trainee retention rate 75%
Offices 1
Countries 1
Minimum A-level requirement AAB
Minimum degree requirement 2:1

Insider Scorecard

Training
A
Quality of work
B
Peer support
A
Partner approach-ability
B
Work/life balance
A
Perks
C
Office
A
Canteen
n/a
Social life
B

Insider Scorecard Grades range from A* to D and are derived from the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey 2017-18 of over 2,000 trainees and junior associates at the leading law firms in the UK.

Hours

Average arrival time 9:00am
Average leave time 6:51pm
Annual target hours No targets
Annual leave 25 days

Money

First year trainee salary £36,000
Second year trainee salary £38,000
Newly qualified salary £58,000
Profit per equity partner £509,000
GDL grant No grant
LPC grant Fees-only

Diversity

UK female associates 67%
UK female partners 29%
UK BME associates Undisclosed
UK BME partners Undisclosed

Universities Current Trainees Attended