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The Lex 100 Winners

Which firm offers the best quality of work? Which is the most stress-free? And where will you get to deal with real walking, talking clients? Our tables show the Lex 100 Winners – the highest scoring firms in each of our thirteen categories, as rated by their trainees.

Methodology

For the purposes of this section, we took the twenty highest average scores in each survey category to produce our tables.

Because the difference in scores between the firms was sometimes negligible, full average scores are shown here, e.g. 87.6, rather than the rounded-up scores (88%) which appear in the main section of the book. Even so, some firms received exactly the same score, so their position in the table is equal, and in some instances the tables therefore have more than twenty firms.

When assessing the tables we performed recommended statistical tests to ensure that the analysis was valid, representative and robust. We used our professional judgement to exclude what we perceived to be outlying or unrepresentative elements in the data.

Readers should also be aware that our survey covered a very wide range of firms, from global giants with hundreds of trainees to niche and regional firms with only a handful of trainees, so in these tables we are not attempting to compare like with like. If readers wish to do this (e.g. to compare scores for work/life balance at the Magic Circle firms), they should refer to the scores on the individual firms’ pages.

Job satisfaction

"How would you rate your overall job satisfaction?"

Living up to expectations

"How far has the firm lived up to your expectations?"

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expectations

Quality of work

"How would you rate the quality of work you are given?"

Client contact

"How would you rate your amount of client contact?"

quality of work
client contact

Stress levels

"How stressful do you find your job?"

Work/life balance

"How happy are you with your work/life balance?"

stress level
work life balance

Friendliness

"How would you rate the friendliness of the firm?"

Social life

"How good is your firm’s social life?"

friendliness
social life

Vacation scheme

"If you did a vacation scheme with your firm, how would you rate it?"

Confident you'll be kept on?

"How confident are you that you will be kept on at the end of your training contract?"

vacation scheme
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Diversity

"How would you rate the level of diversity at your firm?"

Financial remuneration

"How satisfied are you with your financial remuneration?"

diversity financial remuneration

International secondments

"How would you rate the international secondment opportunities available?"

 
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