We believe that our people are our greatest asset and we understand how important it is to reward them fairly.

Below are some of the ways in which we do this.

Pay: Our salaries are highly competitive and are amongst the highest in the legal sector outside London. We link pay to your contribution so you know your hard work is being recognised. Everyone benefits from our annual bonus payment which is linked to salary and the performance of the firm.

Holiday: Everyone is entitled to 25 days’ annual leave (plus bank holidays) with extra days awarded after three, six and 10 years of service.

Volunteering: All our people have the opportunity to take two paid days of leave to take part in volunteering. This could be something sourced by our corporate responsibility team or for a cause that is relevant to you. You can take these days either individually or as part of a team volunteering day. Last year 62% of Burges Salmon colleagues gave their time as a volunteer.

Pension and life assurance: We operate a self-invested personal pension through Hargreaves Lansdown. Pension contributions are as follows:

Employer Contribution Employee contribution (minimum) Total contribution
5% 3% 8%

In the event of death in service, we will pay out four times your salary.

Health and wellbeing: We offer private medical insurance to all our people which is currently provided by BUPA. Everyone is entitled to a free health check with BUPA when they start at the firm and every two years after that.

We also pay for an annual eye test and contribute to the cost of glasses.

Our people are covered by a group income protection scheme. This means that your salary will be protected (subject to a successful claim), if you are unable to work for a prolonged period of time for health reasons. We offer an employee assistance programme, which offers support on a variety of matters including second opinion medical, counselling and debt advice. It is free and confidential.

Maternity, paternity and adoption leave: We offer enhanced maternity pay of 13 weeks full pay and 13 weeks half pay to those who meet the eligibility criteria. New fathers who meet the eligibility criteria are entitled to two weeks full pay. Under the shared parental leave scheme we offer enhanced parental pay that matches our maternity pay package.

Child care vouchers: We are part of the scheme that allows you to purchase child care vouchers before tax in the form of a salary sacrifice.

Flexible working: We will provide you with flexibility in the way you want to work as far as we possibly can. We consider all flexible working requests. We have colleagues currently working flexibly including part time working, working from home and alternative working patterns. Our agile working initiative also gives you the ability to work away from the office on an ad hoc basis.

Personal and professional development: The firm offers language classes for a variety of abilities that are open to everyone. These include French, German, Italian, Spanish and Mandarin.

We will support your personal and professional development. In addition to the support you will receive from our in-house development team, we pay for you to complete any external courses and qualifications that are relevant to your role.

Office environment: Bristol - We have been based at One Glass Wharf since 2010, which is located at the heart of the Temple Quay area of Bristol, only five minutes from Temple Meads station. The building was designed especially for us and is one of central Bristol's most eco-friendly buildings.

Edinburgh - We opened our Edinburgh office in May 2019. Located in the Exchange District, we’re based in the heart of the city’s leading financial and business centre. Atria One, is BREEAM rated ‘Excellent’ and you will be in walking distance to Edinburgh’s cultural venues, shopping and an abundance of eating options, from sandwich bars to fine dining.

Travel: Around 30 per cent of our people either walk, run or cycle to work. We provide on-site bike racks, shower facilities and locker rooms to use before work to make it easier for you to incorporate exercise into your daily routine.

We work with Dr Bike and offer free maintenance sessions several times a year. Our support for the Cycle to Work scheme also enables you to make big savings on the purchase of a new bike and pay for it in installments via a tax free salary sacrifice.

We offer season ticket loans for those wishing to travel by rail or bus.

A car parking allowance is available for associates, senior associates and 'Heads of' business services departments.

Social and sport: Everyone has the opportunity to join our firm wide social club, BSocial which offers members a wide range of discounts on theatre, cinema and sports activities.

We currently have football, hockey and running clubs with pilates, yoga and circuits classes available at the office. There is even a board game club for those with more relaxed leisure pursuits!

The social club organises other events and trips away. Recent events have included wine and cheese tasting, bread making, cupcake decorating, weekend trips to London, a Belgium Beer Festival and make-up tutorials.

We offer subsidised gym membership.

Firm-wide socials: There is a firmwide social every other month where everyone gathers together to enjoy a few drinks and nibbles. The firmwide summer party is a key event on the Burges Salmon calendar. In the past we have been to Bristol Zoo, had an indoor fairground complete with dodgem cars and a Las Vegas themed ball.