Addleshaw Goddard

The Legal Cheek View

Addleshaw Goddard’s yo-yoing recent financial results – a 40% leap last year in profit per equity partner was followed by a 31% drop this year – are reflected in some changeable performances in the various categories of the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey 2017-18. This year there have been notable improvements in scores for partner approachability, office and canteen, while there has been a fall in the work/life balance rating.

It must be noted that the Addleshaw’s decision last year to impose a Brexit pay freeze on junior lawyers just a month after it announced that PEP had soared to a record £682,000 saw AG’s bosses came in for something of a roasting in last year’s survey.

The reversal of that pay freeze amid considerably lower partner profits this year may partially account for the jump in the firm’s partner approachability rating from a low B grade (which may have been a punishment score) to an A. But the anonymous comments we have received suggest that the new open plan office regime is also a major factor, which apparently has “helped a lot” in breaking down barriers. However, there are downsides, thanks to a few partners “with bad personal hygiene and vocal ticks”.

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Key Info

Training contracts 37
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

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.


Average arrival time 8:40am
Average leave time 7:19pm
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 £511,000
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%