Editor’s Welcome

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

In this edition, we surveyed over 2,500 trainees at firms across the UK to find out more about their training experiences. The response rate was overwhelming.

This year is my first year as Editor and I am delighted to take over the reins during what has been a year of firsts amid all of the uncertainty. We have launched the Lex 100 App and the Lex 100 Podcast from which we will cover the key topics future trainee solicitors across the UK are thinking about, trends in the market and advice for students and career changers looking to become a solicitor. The app is downloadable from all major app providers and the podcast is available across the major podcast platforms.

The Covid-19 pandemic’s dreadful and dramatic impact on society dominates any assessment of this year. The personal, physical and mental health aspects have taken a toll in too many ways to be mentioned here. Like many other parts of society, the crisis has had an obvious impact on the UK legal market, and solicitor recruitment, which will become clear over the next few years as decisions taken by firms to change their recruitment patterns becomes evident in graduate recruitment statistics.

Demand for training contracts has remained and the industry has adapted incredibly quickly to the necessary technological requirements of remote working, training and recruitment. There has been a great increase in virtual work experience opportunities for students, virtual vacation schemes and work from home training contracts have become the ‘new normal.’

This edition’s research period captures the start of the Covid-19 effect and provides key insight into how firms are changing their training structure going forward.

Despite this year’s differences, some things stay the same. 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 work/life balance or international secondments, 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.

The website is also home to a host of other resources to guide you through everything from researching firms to application tips to how to perform at an assessment day.

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.

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

Peter Tweedley

Editor – The Lex 100