The firm plans to recruit 10 new trainees for a 2018 start, and is one of the highest-paying firms in the City: first-years receive £46,000, second-years take home £50,000 while newly-qualified lawyers earn a staggering £97,560 a year.
Recent Kirkland & Ellis work includes representing Ping An in the first ever ICSID arbitration commenced by a mainland Chinese investor, and acting for Tragus Group on its €350m financial and operational restructuring.
Kirkland & Ellis racked up six wins in our survey this year, including in the remuneration satisfaction, client contact and confidence in being kept on categories. Respondents were forthcoming in their praise, and commented on the ‘high responsibility’ and ‘hands-on approach’ that they have experienced, all within an ‘excellent learning environment’.
If the firm were a fictional character it would be… Ronald McDonald – an American legend.