BCLP bumps target hours following pay hike

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Global firm raised NQ salaries to almost £100k last month

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) has raised hour targets by as much as 6% after recently hiking newly qualified (NQ) pay.

BCLP has rolled out a new bonus system that will see eligibility thresholds go up from 1,600 to 1,700 hours for UK associates and 1,900 to 2,000 hours for those in the US.

The new hour targets apply across the firm’s practices and will reflect ‘non-chargeable activity’ such as efforts around diversity and inclusion.

It means the hour targets of BCLP’s UK associates are roughly in line with those at Baker McKenzie, Reed Smith and Simmons & Simmons, according to our 2022 Firms Most List.

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The news comes just over a week after the firm announced salary rises for NQ lawyers and trainees. In London, NQs are set to earn £95,000, up 8% from £88,000, from next month.

Elsewhere in the City, it was reported last month that Stephenson Harwood upped NQ lawyer pay to £90k as well as its hour targets from 1,550 to 1,650. Fifty hours are to be set aside for “non-fee earning work”.

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1,700 is pretty much the norm across all big City firms, nothing to see here folks. For a £95k NQ base whack, that’s a relatively good deal. Would be interesting to know what are these bonuses for hitting targets like…



Probably a pittance for this two bit


Decent Whack

No comments about lambos and Krug?

That Kirkland NQ must be revising for his January exams …


Captain Kirk

Prepping for an interview at a top, top firm. Although might be S&G rather than K&E…



Would prefer the old salary and 1,600. No distinguishing reason to be at that firm now.



what is freshfields and slaughters doing?
their nq still at 100k
and other mc’s are ahead now at 107,500+


Mayer Brown

Anyone have any experience with this firm? Have a friend looking to lateral there.


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