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Linklaters bumps junior lawyer base rate pay to £83,000

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Magic circle titan’s rookies also handed rises

Linklaters has boosted the pay packets of its newly qualified (NQ) solicitors and trainees in London.

The magic circle player confirmed today that its junior City associates will now start on base rate salary of £83,000, up 2% from £81,000. Linklaters, which offers 100 training contracts annually, more than any other City firm, said it would not be commenting on bonuses.

Trainees have also been handed fresh rises. Year one rookie pay is up a healthy 7% to £47,000, while those a year ahead now earn £52,500, also a boost of 7% (an increase of £3,500).

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Alison Wilson, a graduate recruitment partner at Linklaters, said:

“Linklaters attracts and develops exceptional talent across the globe. Year on year we have consistently retained a very high number of new lawyers who will have the opportunity to develop their careers within a best in class and globally minded firm. The increase in pay in 2018 is a reflection of our commitment to providing a very competitive offering to new candidates.”

However, drawing comparisons between the top City players in terms of NQ pay has become increasingly more difficult over the past year or so. This is due to some firms choosing to include (or omit) performance-related bonuses in their public pay figures.

For example, earlier this summer Allen & Overy increased NQ pay to £83,000, a rise of £2,000 or 2%. This figure did not include a bonus. Meanwhile, Clifford Chance upped junior lawyer pay to a hefty £91,000, however, this figure included what the firm described as a “binary bonus”. It didn’t disclose its base rate. Legal Cheek’s Firms Most List shows Slaughter and May and Freshfields offer NQ salaries of £80,000 and £85,000 respectively — and these are base rates. Turning to today’s salary news, Linklaters confirmed a base rate of £83,000 but declined to comment on bonuses.

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41 Comments

TRUTH SIREN

Dis gon’ be goooood

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Anonymous

£83k is more then some entitled old biddys earn in a decade of saying ‘you want a nice cake?’ in their retarded voices

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Enough.

Enough about your mum how’s life in general ?

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Anonymous

After tax, this will buy you 15,600 Freddos a month.

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Old git

Used to be able to go to the shop with £2, pick up giant spicy Monster Munch, a Fredo, a Lilt and still have change for the bus home. Good times.

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Anonymous

Flaming hot monster munch Ftw

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Anonymous

Amen brothas

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Anonymous

80p, 20p, 60p at my local convenience store. Unfortunately the bus is £1.20.

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Latham NQ

Aww how cute

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Anonymous

Fet increases

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Anonymous

Good to see Legal Cheek getting the scoop in advance of Linklaters employees…

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Anonymous

This is truly remarkable

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Anonymous

remarkably unremarkable

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LL Trainee

They removed trainee bonuses too but almost all of us will get more money than before regardless.

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Anonymous

See now that’s the kind of interesting things LC should include in their silly “most” list. My base is £45k but with bonus, remuneration is higher for 1st year of TC.

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Kirkland NQ

Cute

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LL Associate

Would be nice if someone would tell us……

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Anonymous

2.47% pay rise for NQ. Below the rate of inflation.

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Just asking

How much would this be, after tax?

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Anonymous

Use an online tax calculator you spastic retard

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K&E NQ

Hahahhahaha they might as well go on the dole #peasants

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Anonymous

LLL

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Anonymous

DDD

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Anonymous

LLL

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Anonymous

CCC

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Anonymous

Dec

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TFG

This lot employed that fking uberbulb crème-de-la-crème of bellends Dominic Raab. They surely can’t be that discerning ? Discuss

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Anonymous

Agreed. Chopper deluxe

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Anonymous

Raab for PM

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Jacob Rees-Moog

Utter nonsense

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Milank NQ

Cute.

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Milbank NQ

*Milbank. Oops.

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