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Gowling WLG ups London NQ solicitor pay by 8% to £71,000

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Birmingham bunch also handed rises

Multinational law firm Gowling WLG has upped pay for its newly qualified (NQ) solicitors.

The firm’s London lot will now receive a salary of £71,000, a healthy rise of 8% from £66,000, while those in Birmingham start lawyer life on £44,000 — a bump of 4% from £42,500. Trainee pay remains unchanged: £40,500 in year one and £44,000 in year two for London rookies, and £28,000 rising to £31,000 in year two for those in Birmingham.

Legal Cheek‘s Firms Most List shows Gowling’s NQs in London are on a pay par with their opposite numbers at Bird & Bird and Osborne Clarke, and £1,000 better off than those at Addleshaw Goddard, Clyde & Co, Fieldfisher and Watson Farley & Williams.

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The 17-office-firm, which was formed through a 2016 tie-up between British outfit Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co and Canadian giant Gowlings, takes on around 25 trainees each year.

Earlier this month Legal Cheek reported that Bird & Bird had bumped NQ pay in London by 15% to £71,000. The firm, which offers around 18 training contracts each year, also upped trainee salaries to £40,000 and £44,000 — rises of 5% across the board.

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