Norton Rose Fulbright

The Legal Cheek View

Outside of the magic circle, Norton Rose Fulbright is the biggest UK-headquartered law firm in the world, with global revenue for 2016 standing at a massive £1.16 billion. The sheer scale and internationalism of the operation, with over 50 offices across five continents, is a major draw to students; as is the quality of the work at a firm that is particularly well thought of for its finance, energy, property, high-end insurance and transport practices.

A very good place to train, with mostly challenging work (with the exception of some "post completion and working bibles") and "friendly" partners, Norton Rose Fulbright also has one of the higher rates of international secondments among trainees and junior lawyers. Nearly 40% of the firm's rookies have spent time overseas for work, with common secondment destinations including Sydney, Singapore, Tokyo and Paris. One Norton Rose Fulbright trainee reports:

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Key Info

Training contracts 50
Latest trainee retention rate 96%
Offices 59
Countries 34
Minimum A-level requirement AAB
Minimum degree requirement 2:1

Insider Scorecard

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

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 9:09am
Average leave time 8:03pm
Annual target hours No targets
Annual leave 25 days

Money

First year trainee salary £44,000
Second year trainee salary £48,000
Newly qualified salary £75,000
Profit per equity partner £440,000
GDL grant £8,000
LPC grant £7,000

Diversity

UK female associates 57%
UK female partners 26%
UK BME associates 12%
UK BME partners 8%

Universities Current Trainees Attended

The Firm In Its Own Words