Q. What is my holiday entitlement?
Lawyers start on 25 days holiday per annum, plus the 8 annual Bank Holidays, together with an extra two half days at Christmas each year. Lawyers are also entitled to buy or sell up to five days holiday every year and have an extra day off on their birthday.
Q. When is my salary reviewed?
Salaries are reviewed in March/April each year, with any changes to salary taking effect from 1 May. The main exception to this is for Trainees, whose salaries are reviewed when they commence their second year of training, and on admission.
Q. Is there a pension scheme?
We offer a Group Personal Pension Scheme for employees. You will automatically be enrolled in to the scheme in your third month of employment, provided that you meet the criteria for the scheme. If you do not meet the criteria, you will still have the opportunity to 'opt-in' to the scheme.
Q. Do you have a bonus scheme?
Yes. Our bonus scheme for employees has three key strands - an annual firm-wide element based on the firm's performance, a strand to recognise one-off individual contributions and one to recognise consistent high performance. You will be given more information about each strand upon joining the firm.
There is also a formal bonus scheme for Partners.
Q. Do you have a company car scheme?
Q.Do you have a crèche or arrangements with a nursery?
We do not have a crèche but we run a Childcare Voucher scheme.
Q. Do you pay travel expenses for interviewees?
No. However, in circumstances where a candidate is not located near the office, we can consider interviewing via video conference.
Q. How do I become a Partner?
Our Associate Academy is designed to help lawyers develop skills and expertise in a wide range of areas, such as management and leadership, and business development. Successful completion of the programme will enhance your chances of reaching partnership level, provided that the area in which you work is able to develop a suitable business case. We are very keen to develop as many of our own Partners as possible.
Q. How much travelling is involved?
This will depend entirely upon the area in which you work and the clients for whom you work. Many of our Lawyers regularly work from our London and Bristol offices from Exeter and vice versa, in order to service clients effectively. Lawyers working on some of our national sectors may need to travel to various sites around the country. We also have an active International Group, who attend annual conferences and conventions worldwide. Recent trips have included China, Canada, USA, Germany, Turkey, and South Africa. Depending on your client base, there may be opportunity for international travel.
Q. What social activities are there?
Lots! These are split between client events, where you will have an opportunity to be involved, and internal events for staff, to which you are always welcome! The former include some of the most successful corporate events in the South West – an annual 5k charity run which attracts over 1,000 runners, the Michelmores/Western Morning News Annual Property Awards, and a quarterly business breakfast club: previous speakers have included Anne Widdecombe, Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, Lord Digby Jones and Ann Daniels, the polar explorer.
The staff events include regular informal drinks, a spectacular summer party, garden parties, an annual quiz, treasure hunt etc. Additionally, all departments have an annual team building day out of the office.
Q.What resources are available for research?
We have a Knowledge & Information Manager a Library Manager and a Knowledge & Information Officer. We subscribe to online services such as Practical Law, Westlaw and Lexis Library. There is a central library, as well as departmental sections, and our intranet has a comprehensive knowledge management section. Our Knowledge Management Partner is Viv Williams, who also heads up the Bristol Office.
Q.How do you organise CPD and Training?
Legal Training Programmes are available for each main practice area and have been devised by our Learning and Talent team with assistance from our in-house training representatives. They offer the opportunity to obtain legal training in-house, through knowledge sharing sessions and online training. Where internal training does not meet your needs, the Learning and Talent Development team and teams involved in specialised areas of practice will work with you to ensure your development requirements are met.