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Norton Rose Fulbright, Travers Smith and Ashurst increase trainee and junior lawyer salaries

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All three outfits now in £75k-£80k range

A trio of top City outfits have upped the salaries of their trainee and newly qualified (NQ) lawyers.

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) has bumped London NQ pay from £75,000 to £77,000, equating to a modest rise of £2,000 (2%). Trainee remuneration is also up: £45,000 in year one, increasing to £49,000 in year two — uplifts of 2% across the board.

Legal Cheek‘s Most List shows that the pay move puts NRF’s junior lawyers £2,000 ahead of their equals at Dentons, Mayer Brown and Reed Smith (£75,000), and on the same levels of cash as their peers at DLA Piper and Baker McKenzie.

The 2018 Firms Most List

Pay is also up at Travers Smith. NQ salaries now sit at £78,500, a rise of £3,500 or 5%, while trainee pay has been bumped by 3% — £45,000 in year one, rising to £50,500 in year two. The two-office outfit’s NQs are now on a pay par with those over at magic circle player Linklaters, while Travers’ second-year rookies now receive the same as their opposite numbers at Canary Wharf-based giant Clifford Chance.

Ashurst has splashed the cash too. The firm, which takes on around 45 trainees annually, has bumped junior lawyer wedge to £76,000 — a rise of £4,000.

Our Most List shows that Ashurst’s 6% uplift puts its NQs a full £3,000 ahead of Stephenson Harwood‘s new associates and just £1,000 behind NRF’s freshly-minted lawyers. Ashurst also confirmed trainee pay is up. Year one trainees now receive £44,000, up from £42,000 (5%), while those a year head will earn a salary of £48,000 — an extra £2,000 or 4%.

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52 Comments

Anonymous

Could we please stop calling law firms “outfits…” Legal Cheek nonsense as per usual.

“Our Most List shows…” – I.e. ranked by who pays the most for our ability to right this nonsense.

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Anonymous

Write*

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Apprentice Solicitor

What about us

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Dr Frankenstein

where is my coffee you insignificant being?

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Anonymous

What about all the times you said you had the answers?

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Anonymous

Anyone know the NQ at Gimley Pipen Golem & Shire??

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Anonymous

I’m still waiting on news about NQ rates at top top firm Greenberg Glusker.

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I think I'm so funny

Vote Corbyn. JD Partner. Ad infinitum.

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Anonymous

Not to worry, just like Corbyn.Sympathiser, Trumpenkreig and other trolls they’ll disappear soon enough.

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TRUMPENKRIEG

You thought I was gone? Think again, cuck.

You also managed to misspell my name, you utter utter cockstain.

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JD P4rtner

Hey, it’s well known that the only reason LC remains relevant is for its comments section. What would you do without the JDs? Spend your afternoons following the mundane exchange between Trumpenkrieg and whatever username Corbyn.Sympathiser has chosen for the day?

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JD Partner

#buthurt

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Corbyn. Sympathiser

Bugger off fascist, there’s only one of me.

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Corbyn.Sympathiser

Get off my username, prick

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Corbyn. Sympathiser

Bugger off fascist impersonator.

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Corbyn.Synthesizer

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Jacob Rees.MiniMoog

Ich liebe Autobahn

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Anonymous

“The two-office outfit’s NQs are now on a pay par with those over at magic circle player Linklaters.”

No they don’t Tommy, Linklaters NQ rates are now £81.5k. Do your research.

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Anonymous

To be fair, £78,500 is “on a par” with £81,500.

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Anonymous

On the basis that Linklaters NQs would not be happy to receive £78,500 instead of their £81,500 I disagree.

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Anonymous

You may think that’s logical, but it’s not. They may not be happy with even a pound less than they’re currently on. That’s not to say £81,499 is not on a par with £85,100.

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SPBSlave

I NEED MORE MONEY!!!

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Anonymous

Patriiiiiiick

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Angry white man

This report is another example of just how mentally slow little Tommy is. First, you misreported a number of firm’s NQ pay scales: Mayer Brown is now on £78k and Links now pay £81.5k. Secondly, LC’s own ‘Most List’ had these numbers out weeks ago. Why the flying f*cksack do you need to post an article about it then?

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Anonymous

Source for the MB salary?

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Anonymous

Insiders innit

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Anonymous

ROFL Ashurst now pays less than NRF. 😂

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Anonymous

Ashurst is a shit dying firm

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Anonymous

This post has been removed because it breached Legal Cheek’s comments policy.

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Anonymous

How is the best firm in the silver circle shit?

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Anonymous

“best firm in the silver circle”

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Anonymous

BCLP has long been the best followed by CMS.

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US NQ

Shet firms

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Anonymous

I thought it was pretty clear Ashurst was the best SC firm?

Macs + Travers = only national players, not international
HSF = only litigation
BCLP = only real estate

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Anonymous

Er, yeah, with PEP up 10% this year to £750k…

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Anonymous

I want to know, if you start as NQ a month or two before the pay rise, do you still get it?

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Anonymous

Of course.

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Anonymous

A lot of money to print and laminate bundles for most of the recipients of these high wages.

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Anonymous

That’s what the print room do after you send them an email with instructions mate.

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Anonymous

What are the rates over at CMS these days for NQ?

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Anonymous

£145k NQ brah top wedge dolla train choo choo

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Anonymous

70k

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SPBSlave

That’s just excessive.

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Obese Equity Partner

No it’s not, now get back to billing slave.

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Anonymous

Hefteh

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Anonymous

REDISTRIBUTE THIS GREED!

THESE YOUNG FOLKS, BARELY OUT OF SCHOOL, ARE PAID MORE IN A YEAR THAN MANY WILL EARN IN A LIFETIME!

WE NEED MORE FUNDS FOR SOMALIAN AND PALESTINIAN FREEDOM FIGHTERS!

VOTE CORBYN, FOR THE MANY, NOT THE FEW!!!!!!!!!!

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Anonymous

Sorry, only people working in a Bangladeshi trainer factory won’t earn more than £78,500 I’m a lifetime…

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Anonymous

Of whom there are many

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Sanelia

That’s even more DWF Partners applying for trainee positions.

I hear the MP would settle for an associate position at a ‚good outfit‘.

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Anonymous

Hey – what are the NQ rates at Hoban Law Group? It’s main practice area really fascinates me.

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Second seat City trainee

My day mostly consists of taking long indulgent shits, reading the Daily Mail and LC comments and periodically heading to the gent’s to tug one out. My life has become hell. Don’t become a lawyer kids

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Anonymous

Mo money mo problems – biggie told you

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