Burges Salmon

The Legal Cheek View

Corporate law firms often struggle to differentiate themselves, but Burges Salmon genuinely stands out from the crowd with a model that sees it do a large amount of City of London work mostly from Bristol. Allied to a prevailing organisational niceness, this makes it a really good place to start one’s career, current trainees tell us.

“They make an effort to ensure we are involved with interesting work,” one rookie reports, explaining that “if boring work is given it is always done so with an apology and an explanation as to why it is important”. Some “excellent”, albeit not particularly numerous, secondments – to Burges Salmon’s international alliance firms in Copenhagen, Brussels and Paris – also come highly recommended, particularly for speakers on the local languages.

The six-seat (rather than the typical four) trainee rotation model is highly-regarded, with the training described as “top-notch and well-structured with lots of help and resources available” both in respect of “the law and personal development”. Trainees who are rated A* for their supportiveness in the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey 2017-18 are “very friendly and will step into help [each other] out if are very busy”, while partners have “a genuine open door policy”.

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Deadlines

Winter vacation scheme

11-15 December 2017

Applications open: 1 October 2017
Applications close: 3 November 2017

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Presentation evenings

30 November 2017 (Bristol); 7 December 2017 (London)

Applications open: 1 October 2017
Applications close: 20 November 2017

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Spring and summer vacation schemes

9-20 April 2018; 11-22 June 2018; 25 June-6 July 2018

Applications open: 1 October 2017
Applications close: 11 January 2018

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Insight days

20 March 2018 (graduate non-law); 22 March 2018 (first-year law)

Applications open: 1 October 2017
Applications close: 28 February 2018

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Training contract

To commence 2019

Applications open: 1 October 2017 (Applications considered on a rolling basis)
Applications close: 31 July 2018

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Key Info

Training contracts 30
Latest trainee retention rate 100%
Offices 2
Countries 1
Minimum A-level requirement AAB
Minimum degree requirement 2:1

Insider Scorecard

Training
A
Quality of work
A
Peer support
A*
Partner approach-ability
A
Work/life balance
A
Perks
A
Office
A*
Canteen
A*
Social life
A*

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 8:50am
Average leave time 6:44pm
Annual target hours 1,450
Annual leave 25 days

Money

First year trainee salary £35,000
Second year trainee salary £36,000
Newly qualified salary £48,000
Profit per equity partner £438,000
GDL grant £7,000
LPC grant £7,000

Diversity

UK female associates 56%
UK female partners 19%
UK BME associates Undisclosed
UK BME partners Undisclosed

Burges Salmon does not break down data regarding BME employees but overall 4.3% of lawyers are BME.

Universities Current Trainees Attended

The Firm In Its Own Words