Ropes & Gray ups London trainee pay by 10% to £55,000

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Year one rookies receive £50,000 — a 9% boost

The London office of US law firm Ropes & Gray has upped trainee lawyer pay by as much as 10%.

The Boston headquartered outfit, which offers around seven training contracts each year, confirmed first-year trainees will now start on a salary of £50,000 plus bonus, up 9% from £46,000, while those in year two will receive £55,000 plus bonus, up 10% from £50,000.

The 2020 Legal Cheek Firms Most List shows that the uplifts put the firm’s year two rookies on a pay par with their peers at a host of US outfits including Debevoise & Plimpton, Kirkland & Ellis, Milbank, Sidley Austin and Skadden.

Rohan Massey, London training principal and partner at Ropes & Gray, said:

“Ropes & Gray provides a perfect platform for talented, ambitious trainee lawyers focused on international careers and our trainee programme, which is complemented by a highly competitive salary and benefits package, provides our talented trainees with an opportunity to work on complex and international matters from the get go.”

The 2020 Legal Cheek Firms Most List

He continued: “Our trainees also join a firm that is committed to supporting the development of its lawyers throughout their careers and has a strong track record of promoting its best lawyers.”

Earlier this year the firm upped the salaries of its newly qualified (NQ) lawyers by 4% to £120,000. This is the same levels of cash as their opposite numbers at Cleary Gottlieb, Davis Polk, Gibson Dunn and Shearman & Sterling.

Turning to life at the firm, Ropes & Gray was a solid performer in our Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey 2019–20, scoring A*s for quality of work and office, as well as As for training, partner approachability, peer support and perks.

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Isn’t everyone leaving Ropes London?



Yeah, their funds team, real estate and some PE/restructuring have gone.



I’m not even going to dignify this one with a comment.



Absolute sweatshop, stay away








Tolstoy’s bicycle

Savage colleagues and ludicrous demands, it’s horrid.



Savage in what sense?


Kirkland NQ

Pff, my butler makes more than that.



Great work, enjoyed reading this article



Firmed sweaty, know a few trainees there looking to leave as a matter of urgency.


Confused dot com

Why? Long hours exist throughout the city, what’s up with ropes



I actually think this is fair pay proportionately to NQ whack. Well done Ropes.

Separately, what on earth is the logic for not opening comments on any of the legal vlogger articles? Are the vloggers paying you for the advertising? Why should the advice and/or opinions given be free from challenge if posted on this platform? It stinks.



Any criticism of a Vlogger now counts as ‘bullying’. In the old days, lawyers got on with the job, but do you even exist now if you aren’t making YouTube videos?

Do you want to be known as a ‘jealous hater’ if you leave a conservative comment? I wouldn’t want that.



Any news on NQ raises at Watson Farley Williams ?



Yeah, their annual remuneration package for NQs is a packet of Skips and a can of Lilt.


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