Squire Patton Boggs

The Legal Cheek View

Squire Patton Boggs’ 50 trainees may be split between London, Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester, but that hasn’t prevented them from forging some of the tightest bonds of any group of new starters. With a strong peer supportiveness score and one of the highest ratings for social life in the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey, SBP is a good option for those seeking a substitute for student-days camaraderie. The firm-wide social events and training sessions are famously fun, while decent levels of work/life balance mean that rookies’ evenings usually belong to them – even if they are often spent down to pub with workmates.

Still, SPB is not exactly Fresh Meat. This is, let’s not forget, a global business turning over around £600 million a year with top partners earning well over half a million each. Certainly, the £60,000 paid to newly qualified associates in London (£40,000 in the regions) comes with expectations that are broadly in line with other City and national firms.

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Key Info

Training contracts 30
Latest trainee retention rate 90%
Offices 46
Countries 21
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
Chances of secondment abroad

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.


Average arrival time 8:30am
Average leave time 6:44pm
Annual target hours 1,500
Annual leave 25 days


First year trainee salary £37,000
Second year trainee salary £42,000
Newly qualified salary £62,000
Profit per equity partner £639,000
GDL grant £6,000
LPC grant £7,000

The above figures are for London. Trainees outside of London earn £26,000 in their first year, £28,000 in their second year and £40,000 as newly qualified solicitors. The GDL grant is £4,500 outside of London and the LPC grant is £5,000.


UK female associates 58%
UK female partners 28%
UK BME associates 11%
UK BME partners 7%

Universities Current Trainees Attended