Willkie Farr increases NQ lawyer pay to £145k in London

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Trainee salaries up too

Willkie Farr & Gallagher has boosted newly qualified (NQ) solicitor salaries in London by 12%. NQ rates moved from £130,000 to £145,000 on 1 January 2022, the US headquartered outfit confirmed.

The salary hike means junior associates now earn the same as their peers at Gibson Dunn, Shearman & Sterling, Sullivan & Cromwell and Weil Gotshal & Manges.

Trainees salaries are also up: year one from £50,000 to £55,000, and year two from £55,000 to £60,000. These equate to rises of 10% and 9%, respectively.

The 2022 Legal Cheek Firms Most List

The Legal Cheek Firms Most List shows only a handful of firms pay NQs in excess of £145,000, while Vinson & Elkins tops the salary table with an eye-watering pay packet of £153,300.

Willkie, which offers around five training contracts in London each year, scored well in our latest Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey. The firm notched up A*s for quality of work, partner approachability, perks and work from home support, as well as As for training, peer support, legal tech, office and eco-friendliness.

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Cute little firm. Does some quality work. Solid 8 of 10.


Fresher Watch

Thx fresher, appreciate the input. Now back to your mock exams revision, yes?



Most unfunny comment I’ve seen. Not even a fresher-like comment lol


Prat Watch

These comments are growing increasingly repetitive and dull.


Rupert; a US Firm Partner



🐔 🐓 🐔


Carry on my wayward son

Good for them. What price sanity?

Like all major US firms, the pay comes at a price and either they will sink or swim (or swim then sink).


Willkie Nearr

Willkie what?



Great deal and nice firm



Big news for the 5 trainees they hire annually.



The firm does really boring mid-market volume deals ala Kirkland but somehow worse. Competitive wedge but less prestige and progression compared to its salary peers.



With 145k, could care less about prestige lol. Wanna move in/house eventually anyways



Will 145k, could care less about prestige 🥴 lol. Wanna move in-house eventually anyways


Good one

“Mid-market volume work a la Kirkland” LOL


Facts 2.0

Who cares? It’s US firm, pays great and will do good work. All UK and U.s firms are sweatshops. No firm is special. None of us are special.


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