Trowers & Hamlins

The Legal Cheek View

Big in the Middle East (where it has five offices) and expanding in the English regions (specifically in Manchester, Birmingham and Exeter), Trowers & Hamlins is a slightly quirky firm whose twin specialities are, rather contrastingly, local government work and international M&A. It’s a mix that seems to be working, with London-headquartered Trowers performing respectably financially and scoring well in the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey 2017-18.

Revenue is up 12% this year to £97 million from £85.6 million, while profit per equity partner has risen marginally to £312,000. Perhaps most interesting of all is the growth in lawyer headcount, which has seen a sharp 22% increase, meaning the firm now has over 400 solicitors. There remain 23 training contract places up for grabs this year.

Trowers’ biggest strength is its culture – and this is evident again in this year’s Legal Cheek Survey. For peer support, there are few better places. A trainee paints a picture of what it’s like: “Everyone is extremely helpful and offers to help out whenever they have capacity. Everyone on my floor checks in with each other before leaving to lend a hand so no one is in too late.” Similarly, the firm is hard to match the firm for partner approachability. The best supervisors “a source of constant support in both work and general life matters” and hierarchies are minimal.

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Key Info

Training contracts 23
Latest trainee retention rate 93%
Offices 9
Countries 5
Minimum A-level requirement ABB
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 8:46am
Average leave time 6:31pm
Annual target hours No targets
Annual leave 25 days


First year trainee salary £37,000
Second year trainee salary £40,000
Newly qualified salary £62,000
Profit per equity partner £312,000
GDL grant £6,500
LPC grant £6,500

First year reigonal trainees receive £28,000, while second years get £30,000 and newly qualified solicitors in the regions are paid £40,000. The firm covers the cost of future trainees’ Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and Legal Practice Course (LPC) fees and the grant is reduced to £6,000 where students are outside London


UK female associates 59%
UK female partners 40%
UK BME associates 11%
UK BME partners 4%

Universities Current Trainees Attended