Kirkland & Ellis

The Legal Cheek View

One of the firms at the forefront of the MoneyLaw trend, Kirkland & Ellis is paying London newly qualified solicitors a whopping dollar-tied figure that has risen as high as £147,000. These levels of cash may seem eye-watering, but they are nothing compared to what the firm’s partners earn: last year profit per equity partner at K&E stood at an astonishing $3.604 million (£2.7 million).

You have to work hard to earn such sums, of course. One London rookie sums up the deal: “I don't really have an issue with the hours, as whilst they are sometimes very intense it is usually for a very short time period (i.e. a week or two of intense hours, followed by a few weeks of 7-10pm finishes). However the 24/7 email culture (even on weekends and holidays) gets pretty wearing.”

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Deadlines

Training contract

To commence 2019

Applications open: 1 October 2016
Applications close: 14 July 2017

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Key Info

Training contracts 10
Latest trainee retention rate 56%
Offices 12
Countries 6
Minimum A-level requirement AAB
Minimum degree requirement 2:1

Insider Scorecard

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

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 9:44am
Average leave time 9:14pm
Annual target hours No targets
Annual leave 25 days

Money

First year trainee salary £46000
Second year trainee salary £50000
Newly qualified salary £150000
Profit per equity partner £3,300,000
GDL grant £8,000
LPC grant £8,000

Diversity

UK female associates 43%
UK female partners 27%
UK BME associates Undisclosed
UK BME partners Undisclosed

The Firm In Its Own Words