Withers

The Legal Cheek View

Since the global elite began descending on London en masse in the wake of the financial crisis, top private client firm Withers has been a busy place. Revenue has, astonishingly, doubled since 2007, to reach £174.5 million this year. Profit per equity partner has also risen substantially, and this year is up a whopping 25% to £381,000.

As provider of legal services to the world’s super-rich, Withers has some rather big name clients, among them Britney Spears. Most prefer to keep their names private, but the firm lays claim to having represented 42% of the top 100 UK ‘Sunday Times Rich List’.

For trainees that equates to some of the most interesting work around. Litigation is said to be particularly juicy, with “frontline” tasks including “drafting documents and attending trial”. The firm’s large family law practice – think million pound divorces, some featuring celebs and lots of media coverage – is “paper-heavy” but often very stimulating.

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Key Info

Training contracts 11
Latest trainee retention rate 73%
Offices 17
Countries 9
Minimum A-level requirement AAB
Minimum degree requirement 2:1

Insider Scorecard

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

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 8:49am
Average leave time 7:20pm
Annual target hours 1,400
Annual leave 23 days

Money

First year trainee salary £37,000
Second year trainee salary £40,000
Newly qualified salary £60,000
Profit per equity partner £381,000
GDL grant £5,000
LPC grant £5,000

Diversity

UK female associates 62%
UK female partners 45%
UK BME associates 10%
UK BME partners 3%

Universities Current Trainees Attended