White & Case

The Legal Cheek View

White & Case has grown rapidly in London of late, increasing the number of training contracts it offers from 30 to 50 in just two years as it bids to go head-to-head with the magic circle. The financials are looking rosy too, with figures released in 2016 showing the corporate finance-focused US giant to have boosted turnover for its UK and Africa arm by a whopping 39% last year. Revenues now stand at £214.9 million.

For wannabe lawyers, one of White & Case’s biggest selling points has long been money – although in these crazy days of MoneyLaw there are a host of firms which now pay substantially more. The trade-off is long hours, with White & Case one of the lower rated in London for work-life balance. Don’t expect to get out of the office much before 9pm if you are in a corporate or banking seat. One insider sums it up like this:

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Key Info

Training contracts 50
Latest trainee retention rate 88%
Offices 38
Countries 29
Minimum A-level requirement AAB
Minimum degree requirement 2:1

Insider Scorecard

Training
A
Quality of work
A
Peer support
B
Partner approach-ability
B
Work/life balance
C
Perks
A
Office
B
Canteen
C
Social life
A
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 9:20am
Average leave time 8:55pm
Annual target hours 1,800
Annual leave 25 days

Money

First year trainee salary £46,000
Second year trainee salary £50,000
Newly qualified salary £105,000
Profit per equity partner £1,540,000
GDL grant £7,500
LPC grant £7,500

Diversity

UK female associates 47%
UK female partners 20%
UK BME associates 37%
UK BME partners 28%