Addleshaw Goddard bumps London NQ solicitor salaries by 7% to £75,000 as it ups training contract numbers

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By Thomas Connelly on

City player will now recruit 50 trainees annually

Addleshaw Goddard has become the latest big legal player to up the salaries of its newly qualified (NQ) lawyers and trainees.

The firm confirmed NQ base rates for those in London now sit at £75,000, a rise of 7% from £70,000, while those in Manchester and Leeds now start on £45,000. NQs in Scotland receive £42,000.

The 2020 Legal Cheek Firms Most List shows that the rises put its London lot on the same cash levels as their counterparts at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Dentons, K&L Gates and Stephenson Harwood, and £2,000 ahead of those at CMS and Squire Patton Boggs (£73,000).

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The salaries of Addleshaws’ trainees have also increased. Those in London now earn £40,000 in year one and £43,000 in year two, rises of 1% or £500 across the board, while those in Manchester and Leeds now receive £27,500, rising to £29,500 in year two. Trainees in Scotland receive £23,500 and £26,000.

Meanwhile, Addleshaw confirmed its annual rookie intake is also on the rise. The 12-office-outfit will now look to recruit around 50 trainees each year, up four spots from a previous TC offering of 46.

But what life awaits the firm’s latest recruits? Well, in our Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey 2019–20, Addleshaw posted A*s for partner approachability, tech and canteen as well as As for training, quality of work, peer support, office, and that all-important social life.

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