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Mid-size money movers: Forsters, Trowers & Hamlins, Withers and Farrer & Co up junior lawyer pay

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Some trainees also awarded modest salary boosts

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A plethora of mid-sized London law firms have upped the salaries of their trainee and newly qualified (NQ) lawyers.

First up, Mayfair-based Forsters. First year trainees at the private client specialist will now receive a salary of £40,000, while second years will earn £42,000 — uplifts of £2,000 (5%) across the board. NQ pay is up 2% to £62,000. The firm offers around nine training contract places per annum.

Junior lawyers over at Trowers & Hamlins have also received a pay hike: NQs receive £66,000, an improvement of £1,000 or 2%. Trainee pay remains unchanged, £37,000 in year one, rising to £40,000 in year two. Trowers & Hamlins offers 23 training positions annually.

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Next up, Withers. The City outfit — which hands out around 11 training contacts each year — has increased NQ pay by 3% to £62,000. Trainee pay at Withers remains unchanged. First year rookies currently earn £37,000, rising to £40,000 in their second year. Withers specialises in a mixture of commercial and private client work and has 16 offices in nine countries.

Finally, Farrer & Co. The outfit, nestled among barristers’ chambers in London’s leafy Lincoln’s Inn, has confirmed that its NQs will now receive £64,000 — an uplift of £4,000 or 7%.

The mid-tier firm, which specialises in private client work and counts royalty and wealthy entrepreneurs on its client list, also upped trainee pay by a modest £1,000. First year trainees now earn £38,000, while those a year ahead receive £41,000. This represents a rise of 3% across the board. Farrer & Co offers around ten training contracts each year.

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31 Comments

Anonymous

LC is so dull nowadays. Who really cares what these firms are paying their NQs.

Anonymous

I have an insatiable need to know what percentage of a firm’s trainees have been taken on. It doesn’t matter which firm. It doesn’t matter whether I’ve heard of them before, whether I understand what they do, or the degree to which the fact of an individual retention or otherwise is a matter of supreme indifference to me.

Unless I know what these percentages are, I feel like I’m sitting at a banquet with only one chopstick.

Disgusting of Tonbridge Swells

With KK’s more lighthearted articles gone and all the really stinging humorous banter being deleted without trace from the comments, LC certainly isn’t what it was.

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Thoughts?

Anonymous

No, this isn’t Doctor Who.

CMS

How are Trowers paying only 4k less than us at NQ. This must STOP NOW!!

Anonymous

ROFL TOPKEK

Anonymous

SHet firm

Anton

No, it is not.

Tarquin

Yes it is

(schaden)Fred

You can really feel the sincerity of the anger in this post. Delicious

Anonymous

Lol Trowers now pays more than Fieldfisher or Clyde & Co 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

Anonymous

Mishcon de Reya now pays £70k NQ, like CMS

Anonymous

Mad dolla, fat bills

Anonymous

its not though is it

Anonymous

It’s never enough bruh

Future trainee

What’s the news on raises at Eversheds Sutherland?

Anonymous

£72k NQ brah, dolla train

SPBSlave

Any news on SPB?

Anonymous

Forgot SPB still existed to be honest.

Anonymous

What’s an SPB?

Anonymous

Still Paying Beans

Anonymous

I’m voting for Jeremy Corbyn to increase taxes on this greedy and unnecessary surplus wage!

Young folks in their twenties only need a fraction of this!

We should raise taxes to pay for the underfunded NHS sand to give teachers a pay rise!

VOTE CORBYN! HIGHER TAXES ON CITY GREED!

Anonymous

I had no idea NHS sand was so underfunded…

Anonymous

How can shops like Trowers or Farrer justify paying their gimps so much wedge? Where’s the clients? Surely this will end in tears

Anonymous

What are you on about – Farrers is an elite private wealth firm.

Anonymous

Rofl

SPBSlave

We should be paid DOUBLE!!!

Anonymous

This greed should be taxed to pay for hardworking nurses and teachers!

We need to implement proper socialism to pay for infrastructure renewal!

A SUPERTAX ON CITY LAWYERS!!!!

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

US Money Law NQ

How do people even get out of bed for £60-70k 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

You can’t even afford to live in central London…… what a miserable basic pathetic existence

Anonymous

LLL

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