Addleshaw Goddard

The Legal Cheek View

Addleshaw Goddard’s decision to impose a Brexit pay freeze on junior lawyers just a month after the firm announced that profit per equity partner had soared by nearly 40% to reach £682,000 isn’t the kind of move that fosters organisational morale. And as you might expect, AG’s bosses came in for something of a roasting in the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey. The firm scored a disappointing 'B' for partner approachability and does even worse in the perks category, bagging a lowly 'C' despite its recent embrace of so-called ‘agile working’. This may be read as a message to the AG head honchos to stick their hands in their pockets.

Of course, Addleshaw Goddard didn’t get this far by being financially reckless, and it may be that the firm comes to be glad of its decision to exercise caution in the wake of the surprise EU referendum result. Looking back at the 2008 crisis, the firms that moved first to curb costs tended to be the last to make job cuts.

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Key Info

Training contracts 30
Latest trainee retention rate 81%
Offices 8
Countries 6
Minimum A-level requirement ABB
Minimum degree requirement 2:1

Insider Scorecard

Quality of work
Peer support
Partner approach-ability
Work/life balance
Social life
Chances of secondment abroad

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.


Average arrival time 8:47am
Average leave time 6:48pm
Annual target hours 1,600
Annual leave 25 days


First year trainee salary £37,000
Second year trainee salary £40,000
Newly qualified salary £62,000
Profit per equity partner £682,000
GDL grant £7,000
LPC grant £7,000

First year northern trainees receive £25,000, while second years get £27,000 and newly qualified solicitors in the regions are paid £40,000. The firm covers the cost of future trainees’ Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and Legal Practice Course (LPC) fees and the grant is reduced to £4,500 where students are outside London


UK female associates 53%
UK female partners 25%
UK BME associates 7%
UK BME partners 3%