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Addleshaw Goddard boosts London junior lawyer pay by 5%

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Trainees and those in the regions also handed extra cash

Corporate player Addleshaw Goddard has bolstered the pay packets of its London newly qualified (NQ) solicitors and trainees.

Until recently, newbie associates at the outfit’s London office received a salary of £62,000. Now, they’re on £65,000, this equating to a modest increase of £3,000 or 5%. Our Firms Most List shows that Addleshaw’s City lot are now on a pay par with their opposite numbers at Dentons and Gowling WLG.

London trainee salaries have also been upped. Those in the first year of their training contract now earn £38,000, up from £37,000, while those a year ahead now receive £41,000, up from £40,000. That means rises of 3% across the board.

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Away from the City, Addleshaw Goddard has increased the pay packets of its Manchester and Leeds NQs too. These are up by £1,500 or 4% to £41,500. Regional trainee pay has also been nudged northwards, this time by £1,000 to £26,000 and £28,000.

The firm — which offers around 37 training contacts annually — fared well in our Trainee & Junior Lawyer Survey. It scored an A* for its canteen and As for training, quality of work, peer support, partner approachability, tech and office.

Last year, the so-called Northern Powerhouse teamed up with BPP Law School to offer earn-while-you-learn solicitor apprenticeships within its Manchester and Leeds offices. The school leavers who take part juggle paralegal-level work with part-time undergraduate study, before going on to do the Legal Practice Course (LPC). Other law firms to embrace the apprenticeship movement include Mayer Brown, Burges Salmon, Eversheds Sutherland and Dentons.

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