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Gowling WLG (London)

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The merger of two UK firms Wragge & Co and LG went live on 1st May 2014 creating the £170m firm Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co. LG had been looking for a merger partner for a while and it wasn't having much luck. It was rebuffed by Field Fisher Waterhouse and even rejected by two time Golden Turd winner Irwin Mitchell.

But Birmingham-based Wragge & Co came to its rescue in what could be more of a takeover than a merger, with Wragge's financials looking more healthy than LG's.

Turnover for the first full financial year post-merger (2014/15), was £181m, a slight revenue increase of 5% over the combined results of legacy Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham.

In June 2015 it made the surprise announcement that it was also merging with Canadian firm Gowlings, creating a transatlantic firm of around 620 partners, and offices in 10 countries. In February 2016 the firm was rechristened Gowling WLG, and it's a shame that the firm has now lost its Wragge.

In the UK, the firm has offices in London and Birmingham. As for the inside info, lawyers at Gowling praise the "supportive culture", "first rate training", "excellent quality of work" and, more importantly, "lots of boozing". Plus "generally people aren't dicks" and there are "genuinely great lawyers to learn from". Although, like most firms, there are still "some partners who treat you like you're fortunate to be making money for them."

The firm received high praise for being "ambitious" with its recent mergers. However one insider said that Wragge and LG "still haven't fully integrated"

With the merger now in place, we'll see if any of this changes or if Gowling WLG will be a firm of two halves. With Canadian bacon on the side.


Salary (1st seat trainee): £37,000
Salary (NQ): £59,000
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Bonus Scheme

Bonus scheme: No
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Grant for GDL:
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Training places per year: 20
% of trainees retained: 77%

RollOnFriday Firm of the Year Scores

Salary: 44%
Development: 63%
Work/Life: 55%
Openness: 63%
Biscuits: 89%
Toilets: 64%
Social: 67%
Firm of the year overall score: 60%


Holiday allowance:
Flexi holiday: No
Healthcare: No
Maternity policy:
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Childcare vouchers: No
24 hour photocopying support: No
24 hour secretarial support: No


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