Akin Gump

The Legal Cheek View

Akin Gump is now a substantial player in London having taken over Bingham McCutchen’s entire London office — including its training contract programme (Akin Gump’s London office didn’t use to offer graduate jobs). Now it offers four TCs each year.

The firm is rather quiet on the marketing front, not tending to be seen around UK university campuses much and rarely appearing in the legal press to talk about what it does. Instead, its strategy is to pay top whack and sit back and watch the applicants come in. Yes, Akin Gump is a MoneyLaw firm, having boosted its NQ rate this year to an incredible US$180,000 (or £140,000).

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Key Info

Training contracts 4
Latest trainee retention rate Undisclosed
Offices 20
Countries 9
Minimum A-level requirement No minimum
Minimum degree requirement 2:1


Annual target hours No targets
Annual leave 25 days


First year trainee salary £48,000
Second year trainee salary £52,000
Newly qualified salary £140,000
Profit per equity partner £1,440,000
GDL grant £8,000
LPC grant £8,000


UK female associates Undisclosed
UK female partners Undisclosed
UK BME associates Undisclosed
UK BME partners Undisclosed