Mayer Brown and Dechert boost NQ pay to £75k and £95k

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Exclusive: London legal salaries keep rising

Global law firms Mayer Brown and Dechert have boosted the salaries of their junior lawyers, Legal Cheek can reveal.

Mayer Brown has confirmed that its London associates will now begin lawyer life on £75,000, up 5% from £71,500. Legal Cheek’s Firms Most List 2018 shows that Mayer Brown’s newbies are now £3,000 better off than their opposite numbers at Ashurst and Baker McKenzie, and £4,000 ahead of their peers at Simmons & Simmons and K&L Gates.

The firm, which offers around 15 training contracts annually, now joins a raft of outfits that dish out £75,000 to its new London recruits. These include DLA Piper, Hogan Lovells, Macfarlanes, Norton Rose Fulbright and Travers Smith.

Meanwhile, Dechert has confirmed that London NQ pay now stands at a hefty £95,000. Up from an already respectable £90,000, the increase equates to a rise of 6%. It places the firm between Jones Day (£100,000) and Clifford Chance (£87,300) in the NQ salary stakes.

Trainee pay at Dechert remains unchanged, with first years earning £45,000, rising to £50,000 in year two. Trainees at Mayer Brown have been handed extra cash. Until recently, aspiring lawyers in their first year of training earned a salary £42,000. Now, that’s up £1,000 to £43,000, a rise of 2%. This puts Mayer Brown’s year one trainees on a pay par with those at fellow international player Watson Farley & Williams, and magic circle trio Slaughter and May, Linklaters and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Meanwhile, second year trainee wedge has also been bumped by £1,000 to £48,000, again an uplift of 2%. Mayer Brown trainees now earn the same as second years at firms including Herbert Smith Freehills, Latham & Watkins and Ropes & Gray.

In further news, Legal Cheek can also reveal that Dechert has notched up an autumn retention score of just 50%. It has remained tightlipped over the exact details of this, however our Most List shows the firm takes on around ten trainees each year.

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The trainee compensation at Dechert should have gone up too. Disappointing.



Must suck to know you won’t be retained.



Is someone bitter?



Interesting they didn’t decide to join Shearman and White & Case at 105



Not their competitors – NYC elite vs. a Philadelphia shop. Two different worlds.



NYC elite is a bit generous



they’re both white shoe, unlike Dechert and Mayer Brown.



‘White Shoe’ went west and south 30 years ago. You’re talking bollocks.


Oh? Do enlighten me you mug.

Rowe & Maw articled clerk, from 1941

Whatevs. My intake managed to persuade HR to peg the pound to the US Dollar at a rate of $4.03 / £1 under the Bretton Woods system. I hear that the poor clerks at Freshfields are paid in Deutsche Marks by reference to the Gold Standard LOL.



Surprised they haven’t reported Shoosmiths’ increase in NQ pay to five dog biscuits a week!


Big Dolla

Amazing ‘exclusive’ guys.

Totally would not have been able to attain this information elsewhere.



Bakers already pay £75k. Here’s a better source than your perpetually out of date “Most List”:


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