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Bird & Bird ups junior lawyer pay by 15% to £71,000

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Rises at Clyde & Co, too

International law firm Bird & Bird has upped the salaries of its newly qualified (NQ) lawyers by a healthy 15%.

A fresh-faced associate at the 30-office-outfit will now receive £71,000, up £9,000 from a previous rate of £62,000. The firm, often known as ‘TwoBirds’, has also boosted first year trainee pay from £38,000 to £40,000, while those a year ahead will now receive £44,000 rather than £42,000 — rises of 5% across the board.

The technology-focused firm offers around 18 training contracts each year and provides a maintenance grant of £5,500 for both the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and the Legal Practice Course (LPC).

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Elsewhere, Clyde & Co confirmed NQ solicitor pay now sits at £70,000, a rise of 8% from £65,000. Trainees receive £40,000 in year one, rising to £42,000 in year two — bumps of 5% across the board.

Clyde & Co also confirmed its latest retention score. Of the 43 trainees qualifying this autumn, 37 are staying on as NQs — or 86%.

The firm’s new recruits join practices including corporate, marine, real estate, energy, employment, planning, international arbitration and aviation. Clyde & Co’s office in London will receive the lion’s share of the NQs with 33, while three are Manchester-bound and one will start life as a lawyer in Guilford.

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58 Comments

Anonymous

Anyone know what Bevan Brittan pays its NQs? They seem to be quite cagey about it.

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Anonymous

5 rusty pennies and a sweaty handshake from the managing partner

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Slimy palms

40k min regions

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Anonymous

Are you a 4th seat trainee that wants to qualify into Litigation? I know something you don’t know, they’re no longer looking at CVs.

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Anonymous

Nope just a GLD lawyer thinking about getting out of London and trying to do some market research on public sector focused firms. Thanks for the info.

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Anonymous

You’d do well to beat 42k for public sector IMO. If anyone is offering less than 40k however I’d bin those offers.

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Anonymous

Sounds in line with GLD. What’s the picture at 5PQE?

Anonymous

Any news on dentons?

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Anonymous

Still shite

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Anonymous

news: norton rose, mayer brown, dentons, dla, reed smith,

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Mi5

Mayer Brown 90k. Reed 83k

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Anonymous

£83k seems like an outrageous whack for a shit bucket shop like Reed Smith

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Anonymous

Greatest in shipping m8, dont hate.

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Regional NQ

Chunki

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NORTON AIN'T RAISING LOOL

🙂

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US Money Law NQ

LOL – why would you work for £71k when you can go next door to Weil and get double …

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Anonymous

You wouldn’t if you want to do Corporate or Finance work, but if you want Tech type work it’s a good choice.

Lot of 2Birds lawyers go into pretty interesting in-house gigs, often in fast growth companies where you can make very good money on the shares (a mate who trained at a similar shop to 2Birds made an absolute killing in a FinTech and is only just 30).

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Anonymous

Ooooh rich fwend 👍👍

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Kirkland NQ

Rather be rich myself.

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Anonymous

Wow your mate is a legend! Only just 30!

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Anonymous

Because you value your anus.

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Anonymous

This is on point. Weil will ram your sphincter so hard you’ll wail in pain (or pleasure)

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Anonymous

“from £38,000 to £40,000, while those a year ahead will now receive £44,000 rather than £42,000”

Meanwhile SPB still pays £37,000 for first year trainees looooooooooooooooooool

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Anonymous

SPB is effectively a pro bono clinic these days. All the good people have left to Crowell.

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Anonymous

Brutal yet true.

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Anonymous

That’s utter BS. The deadwood partners that left for Crowell are either coasting to retirement or will be booted out of there in the next 12 months. No client following, useless lawyers. SPB is better without those gimps

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Anonymous

Hi SPB HR.

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Anonymous

Decent wedge.

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Anonymous

RPC lagging massively behind

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Anonymous

Who?

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abc

Any news about BCLP? It still says on their website NQ is 70k, while Legal Cheek says 75k+21 bonus, Why hasn’t this been announced?

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Anonymous

Bloody hell I’d love a 21k bonus

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Anon

I’ll run around London naked if anyone at BCLP gets a £21k bonus.

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Anonymous

its the 2000 hours bonus. attainable in some of the busier transactional teams

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Anonymous

This is a lie, even if you bill 2000 hours no firm in the City (including US firms) will pay an NQ a bonus of £21,000…….

The largest bonus you will see as an NQ anywhere is no more than £13/14k, and these will be the top US firms only.

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Anonymous

CMS has a bonus system which could, in an unlikely turn of events, get you there.

10% of salary is available for billings – that is billable hours recorded and subsequently recovered. 1200 recovered gets you c.5% up to 10% for 1800. The second 10% is entirely discretionary – supposedly for citizenship/pro bono matters. Then there is a further slice available for a discretionary firmwide uplift.

G $hear

Interested.

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Anonymous

Cool salary, but elitist firm. Full of Oxbridge kids.

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Anonymous

2Birds? It’s one of most laid back firms in the City you turd, nothing elitist about it

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Anonymous

Look at LinkedIn. All Oxbridge kids.

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Anonymous

71k for decent hours and chilled vibes.

I’ll take that over a bleeding asshole any day.

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Anonymous

The reason the elites choose these firms is because they don’t pay and those kids aren’t concerned with advancing their station and earning as much of a wedge as they can – working at the mid market city firms and living in central London will become a luxury.

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Raymond F.

Any news on mishcon salary increases?

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Anonymous

WTF have defra been informed of this

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Anonymous

Yes, they told me to stop calling as this was nothing to do with them.

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Raymond f.

Anyone who thinks mishcon is a ‘shet’ firm needs their head fixing.

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Anonymous

Not heard anything but you’d think with the way the market is going they’d have to go up to at least 78/80K NQ

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Anonymous

Yes, up to 90K

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My life has been taken over

…..was working 20 hours a day. With the salary increase now working 24 hours a day and 7 days week. When that turtle pops its head out you better suck that right back in….no time for that.

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Anonymous

U high blud ?

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My life has been taken over

Moron

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Anonymous

Well explain yourself then? You really want us to believe you’re sweating our US firm hours at 2Bird mate? Pull another one yeah

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Anonymous

Burges Salmon NQ salary?

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Anonymous

Tree fid

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Anonymous

When I was there 2017/2018 it was £48k NQ. They said they wouldn’t match the OC and Simmons rise to £50k on principle because they didn’t have a London office. Not sure if that’s still the case.

In the City now but I’d happily accept an NQ offer from them for £48k. Great place to work.

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Anonymous

Looking at my fellow NQ associates (top-10 city firm), a significant number are planning a move to the regions once they hit 2-3PQE. The Bristol, Manchester and Leeds markets make a great deal of sense if you’re looking for a better work-life balance while still being exposed to high quality work.

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Anonymous

Don’t buy into the work life balance nonsense – you’ll still be in late. The plus side is that you may be able to get home in 20 mins. Salaries also crap relative to housing costs.

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K&E twat

Cute.

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