Pinsent Masons

The Legal Cheek View

The firm which briefly began life as Masons Pinsent, before swiftly re-ordering its name upon discovering that the corresponding internet domain had been squatted, is now one of the most recognisable in the UK. Formed following a merger in 2004 between national outfits Pinsents and Masons, the combined Pinsent Masons went on to shack up with Scottish giant McGrigors in 2012.

Now it has a total of 22 offices across the globe, including a big British presence, with bases in Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester, alongside its City of London headquarters.

Unlike many corporate firms, Pinsent Masons gives its British offices equal status, with a renowned UK-wide projects practice setting the tone for an approach that is less London-centric than many. Tech, energy and real estate are other strong points. Internationally, the firm is strongest in mainland Europe, Asia and the Middle East. According to the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey 2017-18, 11% of Pinsents' trainees and junior lawyers have done international secondments, while 22% have done client secondments. There are some interesting destinations, including Manchester City FC, RBS and Heathrow Airport.

Insiders report a pleasant culture, with strong training and work that often reaches 'silver circle' levels of complexity and beyond. The happy internal mood corresponds with robust recent financial performance; profit per equity partner rose by 14% to £625,000 this year and overall revenue went up 11% to £423 million.

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Training Contract - Scotland

To commence 2019

Applications close: 30 September 2017

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Key Info

Training contracts 72
Latest trainee retention rate 74%
Offices 22
Countries 11
Minimum A-level requirement 300 UCAS
Minimum degree requirement 2:1

Insider Scorecard

Quality of work
Peer support
Partner approach-ability
Work/life balance
Social life

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.


Average arrival time 8:51am
Average leave time 6:49pm
Annual target hours 1,500
Annual leave 25 days


First year trainee salary £40,000
Second year trainee salary £43,000
Newly qualified salary £68,000
Profit per equity partner £625,000
GDL grant £6,000
LPC grant £7,000

The above figures are for London. First year trainees in the regions earn £26,500 and £22,000 in Scotland. Second years get £28,500 in the regions and £24,500 in Scotland. Newly qualified solicitors receive £42,000 in the regions and £39,000 in Scotland. LPC and GDL grants are £5,000 outside of London.


UK female associates 62%
UK female partners 23%
UK BME associates 13%
UK BME partners 6%

Universities Current Trainees Attended

The Firm In Its Own Words