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Dentons and Addleshaw Goddard boost NQ pay to £75k and £70k

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Rises for trainees too

International law firms Dentons and Addleshaw Goddard have increased the salaries of their junior lawyers.

Up first, Dentons. The global super-giant confirmed that its London newly qualified (NQ) lawyers will now start on a salary of £75,000, up 7% from £70,000. This puts them on the same cash levels as their peers at DLA Piper, Macfarlanes, Mayer Brown, Norton Rose Fulbright and Reed Smith.

Dentons has also increased trainee pay. Up from £40,000, London rookies now earn a salary of £42,000, an increase of £2,000 (5%), while second year remuneration now sits at £46,000 — a boost of £2,000 or 4%.

There are a series of modest increases outside of London too. NQs at Dentons’ Milton Keynes and Watford offices now earn £46,000, up 4% from £44,000. First year trainees now start on £30,000, an increase of £2,800 (10%), and second years earn £32,500, a rise of £2,750 (9%).

Sticking with Dentons, the largest law firm in the world by lawyer headcount has also upped its training contract offering.

Legal Cheek can reveal that the number of trainee spots up for grabs in the UK has risen from 30 to 40. This rise follows the 2017 summer merger with Scottish four-office outfit Maclay Murray & Spens. Completed last year, the tie-up saw Dentons gain new offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. NQs north of the border start lawyer life on £40,000, while trainees earn £24,000 in their first year and £26,000 in their second year.

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Returning to matters of money, Addleshaw Goddard has implemented a fresh round of rises of its own.

In a somewhat unusual move, the corporate player has bumped London NQ pay for the second time this year — fresh faced associates now earn £70,000, which equates to an increase of £5,000 or 7%. Legal Cheek’s Firms Most List shows that this places them on an equal pay footing with NQs at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, CMS, Pinsent Masons and Watson Farley & Williams.

London trainee salaries have also risen. Those in the first year of their training contract now earn £39,500, up from £38,000, while those a year ahead now receive £42,500, up from £41,000. This represents a 4% rise across the board.

Away from the City, Addleshaw Goddard has increased the pay packets of its Leeds and Manchester NQs too. These are up by £1,500 or 4% to £43,000. Trainee pay in the regions now sits at £27,000, rising to £29,000 in year two, while Scottish NQs earn a salary of £38,000.

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56 Comments

Anonymous

CMS also at 70 for NQs.

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Anonymous

Great reading skills.

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Anonymous

There hasn’t been an express story on them.

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Anonymous

It’s unlikely a national news paper would have a story on them.

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Anonymous

Dolla. Heft.

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Toiling SPB slave

Meanwhile Squire Patton Boggs pays everyone crumbs and cracks the whip.

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Mike

Everybody at SPB is leaving! They need to start paying us properly.

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Anonymous

Any news of NQ pay raises at Clyde & Co? the pay is so low its humiliating

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Anonymous

The pay is fantastic. However, for a commercial law firm headquartered in London, which competes with the likes of Hogan Lovells/ HSF etc on some matters, the pay is awful. Both trainee and NQ salaries need to be reviewed and upped.

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Anonymous

What are you smoking mate? The pay is utter shet

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Anonymous

I think you misunderstood the nuance

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Anonymous

any news on Gowling rates?

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Anonymous

What’s Gowling? It sounds like a kennel

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Anonymous

No, that’s Growling.

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Anonymous

What do Gowling currently pay NQs?

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Anonymous

£66k up from £65k

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Anonymous

yikes, really?

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Anonymous

I will no doubt revisit this article multiple times throughout the day due to how dull being a lawyer is.

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Anonymous

Second that – mind-numbingly awful. What a mistake.

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Anonymous

Hear hear, LC keeps me from leaping off the 11th floor office terrace

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Anonymous

*LC comments section

Fixed that for you.

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Anonymous

<3 – We are all gonna make it, brah.

7 months til NQ

I planning career change

Anonymous

Should be planning lessons in grammar

Anonymous

Eversheds Sutherland is now 72k NQ.

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Anonymous

The same as Dorsey – sensational!

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Anonymous

What about Greenberg Glusker? Any idea on recent NQ raises?

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Anonymous

What’s the latest on Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP? For some annoying reason they aren’t in the Legal Cheek Most Lists.

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Anonymous

Any idea on latest rates for Cheesel & Splinkelbragg LLP?

Anonymous

King & Spalding? LC should post a revised Most List with complete details.

Anonymous

Harbottle & Gander?

Anonymous

Jenner & Block?

Anonymous

Jones Day is now £105k NQ.

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Jd P4rtner

Plus ‘performance’ bonuses

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Ha!

Just got my clearing place at University of South Wales for law! Still got a fighting chance for these salaries!

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Anonymous

LOL – you better be Rocky Marciano.

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Ha!

Haters gon hate

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Anonymous

Recruiters gon hate

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Depressed Solicitor

If you’re reading this and you don’t have a realistic chance of getting into one of the top firms, please leave law. It’s not worth it. Believe me. You’re getting a raw deal.

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Anonymous

Any City firm is a top firm.

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Anonymous

lol.

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citylaw21

Tell that to King and Wood Mallesons ‘alums’.

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Anonymous

Any chance of an RPC pay rise?

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RPC Partner

It’s merit based innit. Now get back to billing bitch.

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loljkm8

Forget those firms listed, come to the regions; £37,000 for NQ out here, hefty chunk of change!

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Anonymous

Do you mean high street firms/conveyancing factories? The real firms in Birmingham and Manchester pay way better then that. The big firms in Bristol are paying ~50K to NQs these days.

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Large Tony

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Anonymous

Who cares

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Anonymous

You, obviously!

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Anonymous

Any idea on NQ raises at Bird & Bird? Is pay still just £62k?

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Anonymous

If you’re having Bird & Bird problems I feel bad for you son, they’ve got 99 perks but the pay ain’t one

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Anonymous

Is it still three shillings and a Fredo bar at Lyons Davidson NQ rates?

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Anonymous

What an awful, awful “firm”.

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Anonymous

surely fieldfisher should up their nq pay seeing the growth they’ve had the past couple years

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Anonymous

Do people still actually believe in the trickle down nonsense? You work harder to deepen the equity pool drawings for the greedy old balls. They might buy you a mini bottle of Lanson as a thank you bonus.

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Anonymous

AG announced a month ago only 40-50% of associates would receive a bonus this year, assume this is where the cash has come from.

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