Slaughters raises newly qualified lawyer salaries to £125k

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By Rhys Duncan on


Early Christmas present

Slaughter and May has increased the salaries of it’s newly qualified (NQ) lawyers to £125,000 — a 7% bump from £115,000.

The raise brings the outfit in line with Magic Circle companions Clifford Chance, Linklaters, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, and Allen & Overy, all of which offer the same NQ rate.

As recently as 2021, the firm offered NQs £90,500, nearly 40% lower than the new figure.

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Commenting on the raise, a spokesperson for Slaughters said:

“We are pleased to announce that we have completed a review of salaries for all associates. Our NQ salary will increase to £125,000, and all associates will move through the scales.”

Slaughters offers around 95 training contracts each year, with trainees earning a salary of £50,000 in year one and £55,000 in year two.

Earlier this year, the firm also increased its SQE maintenance grant from £17,000 to £20,000.

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