Gowling WLG

The Legal Cheek View

The firm with perhaps the most unfamiliar name in the Legal Cheek Most List was known until earlier this year as Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co. But following its merger with Canadian giant Gowlings it has rebranded as Gowling WLG. The English arm has gained substantial experience of such matters in recent years, having only just re-christened itself after its two current components – Birmingham-based Wragge & Co and London's Lawrence Graham – hooked up in 2014.

So what does all this mean for trainees at the firm and students who are considering joining it? Well, on the one hand, there's Gowling WLG's newfound combined scale, with 18 offices in 11 different countries in theory offering plenty of opportunities for secondments. And on the other, there's the concern that all these mergers will take a while to bed in and that this may be an organisation in flux.

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Key Info

Training contracts 30
Latest trainee retention rate 78%
Offices 18
Countries 11
Minimum A-level requirement No minimum
Minimum degree requirement 2:2

Insider Scorecard

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

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.

Hours

Average arrival time 9:02am
Average leave time 7:07pm
Annual target hours 1,500
Annual leave 25 days

Money

First year trainee salary £38500
Second year trainee salary £41500
Newly qualified salary £59000
Profit per equity partner £383,000
GDL grant £7,000
LPC grant £7,000

The above figures are for London. Birmingham first year trainees earn £27,000, while second years receive £30,000. Law school grants are reduced to £5,500 for those studying outside London.

Diversity

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