Norton Rose Fulbright boosts NQ solicitor pay to £87,500

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By Thomas Connelly on

Rises for trainees too

Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) has become the latest City outfit to up the base salaries of its junior lawyers. The outfit, which recruits around 45 trainees each year, confirmed newly qualified (NQ) pay now sits at £87,500 — a rise of 9% from £80,000.

Legal Cheek‘s 2020 Firms Most List shows NRF’s junior lawyers are now £2,500 better off than their counterparts at Macfarlanes (£85,000) and Travers Smith (£85,000). NRF also confirmed its junior lot could earn up to £114,000 through combined base salary and bonus. The rises are effective from 1 January 2020.

NRF has also boosted rookie pay by £1,500. First year trainees will now receive a salary of £46,500, up from £45,000, while those a year ahead will earn £50,500, up from £49,000. This represents a 3% rise across the board.

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A spokesperson for NRF said:

“At Norton Rose Fulbright we strive to maintain a culture that values each individual’s contribution. It is essential that we attract and retain high quality people; ensuring our salaries are competitive is key to achieving this.”

The firm performed well in our latest Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey. It received A*s for peer support and office, as well as As for quality of work, training and tech.

News of the uplifts follows the firm’s announcement that it had retained 20 out of 26 autumn NQs — or 77%.

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