Editor’s Welcome

Welcome to the seventeenth edition of The Lex 100 – your comprehensive guide to training at the UK’s best law firms.

This year we surveyed over 2,500 trainees at firms across the UK to find out all about their training contracts. From salary to work/life balance and job satisfaction to international secondments, we bring you trainees’ honest thoughts on every aspect of their training.

As the Covid-19 pandemic raged on for a second year, so did the impact on recruitment, training contracts and broader working life within the legal industry. But law firms have proven that they are as adaptable and resilient as ever. Virtual vacation schemes and work-from-home training contracts are the norm and HR and graduate recruitment teams across the country have been coming up with innovative ways to keep staff connected to their firms.

We really hope that by the time our next edition launches, we will be some of the way back to normal. In the meantime, we’re here to help you navigate the training contract application process, from the initial research and choosing a firm to making sure you put your best foot forward at an assessment day.

We are now an online-only guide and as such our website is packed with resources to help you. And if you’re on the go, why not scroll through law firm profiles on The Lex 100 App or listen to The Lex 100 Podcast.

As ever, we know that each candidate has different priorities when it comes to choosing a law firm; that’s why we’ve arranged The Lex 100 survey scores into accessible winners’ tables. Whether your main criterion for your training contract is client contact or supervisor approachability, we can point you in the direction of a suitable firm for you. There is also an interactive firm comparison table here and on the app, which lets you do just that – compare firms according to what’s important to you.

If you have any comments, queries or questions, please do get in touch. We’re always looking for ways to improve The Lex 100 experience and we love to hear from our audience. We are also on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin so please give us a follow!

I wish you the very best of luck with your training contract applications and for the academic year ahead.

Hawys