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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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49 Comments

Anonymous

LC deleting comments again…

Big Diggs Higgs

Cute

Anonymous

Back to your textbooks mate.

US NQ

What the hell is a Gowling WLG?

US Mid Level

Think it’s a craft beer of some sort.

Davis Polk NQ

Is that what your serve at the “bar” you work at?

Anonymous

Thanks for your comment. Please make sure to read chapter 2 of Public Law, your class paper is due next Monday.

Anonymous

Rob Ford was the only true Canadian giant.

Anonymous

May the Angels in Heaven supply him with plenty of fresh crack cocaine. RIP

Anonymous

Hefty whack for a bucketshop like Gowlings.

Ade

Here come the keyboard warriors

Anonymous

Hi Gowling HR.

Anonymous

Finally, some interesting news. Tired of that Brexit coverage – this is so not Legal Cheek. Could you also post about Eve’s latest vlog please?

Insider

Good to see LC added a fair few new firms into its ‘Most List’.

Orrick pays £105k these days, not £95k though.

Anonymous

Source?

Anonymous

People work silly hours for that little pay?

Anonymous

You don’t work silly hours at Gowlings mate, most people chip off at 6.30pm. For what it’s worth, getting paid £71k for doing effectively fuck all is a good gig.

Froggybiscuit

DWF will be seething – another merge possibility.

No way now – this NQ amount is triple DWF’s London NQ.

Sad times for powerhouse DWF.

However, it’s still hoping for Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Slom.

Then it can rebrand to DWarf

Anonymous

Triple you say? Almost double is about right.

Anonymous

About 10k difference from inside knowledge.

Anonymous

Oooh inside knowledge of DWF. You’re hard

Former DWF NQ

DWF London NQ wedge was £71k as at 2018. 1 year PQE wedge £80k according to a source that works within their commercial team.

Anonymous

Phenomenal wedge for a pit like DWF if true

Anonymous

I concur

Anonymous

Is HSF (4000 annual apps) harder to get into than Freshies (3000 annual applications)?

Anonymous

Fuck off pongo

Anonymous

Both trash

Anonymous

Lol Reed Smith actually 78k with over 1m pep

Anonymous

Is it a good firm? High level work and good training?

Anonymous

Same with DLA…. at 1.35m PEP

JONATHAN A

Stfu about reed smith, it’s a big dick playa megafirm fuck

Weil Associate

Shet corporate and finance = shet firm. Recruited a Kirkland PE partner and he ran away within the hour to Proskauer. LOL!!!

Anonymous

What’s a Proskauer ?

Anonymous

Exactly. Imagine if he prefers ‘a Proskauer’ to Reed Smith.

Anonymous

White shoe law firm with a handful of world leading practice groups.

Anonymous

Lmao white shoe never heard of her

Anonymous

If you’re at a two bit UK shop you wouldn’t have heard of white shoe.

Anonymous

Rofl ok fresher, off to Treitel’s introductions into contracts you go.

Anonymous

Any news on raises at SPB?!?

Anonymous

A tuppence and two biscuits a source tells me.

SPB Arbitration Sep 19

Shite firm. Stay away.

Anonymous

8% London raise, 4% regional raise. Please remind me why its great to work outside London? (insider tip – it’s not)

Anonymous

Yeah. Why work for K&E in London when you could work for DWF up ‘naath doing motor claims.

Anonymous

Damn, these plebs are paying almost as much as CMS. HAH.

Cravath NQ

is this some peasant joke that I am too rich to understand

HSF Trainee

My condolences m8. I know it must be hard to train at Cravath and either wash out upon qualification or be replaced by an incoming MC/SC associate at 4PQE. Can’t imagine training is up to scratch either.

Anonymous

U high again blud ????

HSF Trainee

U low crip

Cravath NQ

Ooh someone’s just a tad bit insecure and salty.

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