Law firm salaries compared

How much do trainee lawyers and NQs earn?

The table below shows the public salary information for all firms taking part in our research. We collect salary data for first-year trainees, second-year trainees, and newly qualified lawyers. 

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Law firm

1st year trainee salary

2nd year trainee salary

NQ salary

Addleshaw Goddard

£40,000 (London); £27,500 (North)

£43,000 (London); £29,500 (North)

£75,000 (London); £45,000 (North)

Akin Gump

£50,000

£55,000

£148,920

Allen & Overy

£46,500

Undisclosed

£90,000

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer

£46,000

£49,000

£90,000

Ashfords

£28,000 (Bristol) £29,000 (Exeter)

£29,000 (Bristol) £30,000 (Exeter)

£42,000 (Bristol) £47,000 (Exeter)

Ashurst

£46,000

£54,000

£84,000

Baker McKenzie

£48,000

£52,000

£90,000

Bates Wells

£36,000

£38,000

£62,000

BDB Pitmans

£36,500 (London); £30,000 (Reading)

£40,000 (London); £32,000 (Reading)

£60,000 (London); £45,000 (Reading)

Bevan Brittan

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Bird & Bird

£40,000

Undisclosed

£71,000

Birketts

£25,500-£28,000

£26,500-£29,000

£40,000-£58,000

Blaser Mills

£27,000

Undisclosed

£40,000

BLM

£26,000

£27,000

£38,000

Boodle Hatfield

£40,000

£42,000

£64,000

BP Collins

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Brabners

£25,000

£26,500

£40,000

Bristows

£39,500

£42,500

£66,000

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

£44,000 (London); £27,000 (Manchester)

£48,000 (London); £30,000 (Manchester)

£78,000 (London); TBC (Manchester)

Burges Salmon

£36,000

£37,000

£52,500

Charles Russell Speechlys

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

£50,000

£55,000

£133,000

Clifford Chance

£48,000

£54,000

£94,500

Clyde & Co

£24,500 (Manchester) £38,000 (London)

£26,500 (Manchester) £40,000 (London)

£68,000 (London)

CMS

£40,250

£44,000

£61,500

Collyer Bristow

£34,000

£36,000

£57,500

Cooley

£50,000

£55,000

£120,000

Covington & Burling

£48,000

£53,000

£120,000

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

£30,125

£31,875

£47,750

Crowell & Moring

£45,000

£45,000

£84,000

Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle

£42,000

£46,000

Undisclosed

Davis Polk & Wardwell London

£55,000

£60,000

£135,000

Debevoise & Plimpton

£50,000

£55,000

£143,700

Dechert

£45,000

£50,000

£120,000

Dentons

£37,500

£41,000

£61,500

DLA Piper

£45,000 (London) £28,000 (rest of UK)

£50,000 (London) £31,000 (rest of UK)

£76,000 (London) £44,000 (rest of UK)

Dorsey & Whitney

£43,000

£49,000

£79,000

DWF

£24,000-£38,000

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Eversheds Sutherland

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Farrer & Co

£39,000

£42,500

£65,000

Fladgate

£38,000

£40,000

£64,000

Foot Anstey

£30,000

£32,000

£46,000 (Bristol); £43,500 (outside Bristol)

Fox Williams

£37,000

£39,000

£62,000

Freeths

£25,000 (£33,000 London)

TBC

£40,000 (£52,000 London)

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

£45,000

£51,000

£100,000

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson

£45,000

£50,000

£131,000

Gateley PLC

£31,000

£32,750

£51,250

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

£50,000

£55,000

£120,000

Goodwin

£46,000

£50,000

£125,000

Harbottle & Lewis

£37,000

£39,000

£60,000

Herbert Smith Freehills

£45,000

£50,000

£105,000

Hewitsons

£24,000

£24,500

£40,500

HFW

£41,000

Undisclosed

£66,000

Hill Dickinson

£26,000-£37,000

£28,000-£39,000

Up to £59,500

Hodge Jones & Allen

£26,010

£28,050

£35,000

Hogan Lovells

£46,000 (London) £29,000 (Birmingham)

£51,000 ( London) £32,000 (Birmingham)

£90,000 (London) £46,000 (Birmingham)

Howes Percival

£27,000

£28,000

undisclosed

Irwin Mitchell

£32,250

£34,250

£48,250

Jones Day

£52,000

£59,000

£100,000

K&L Gates

£43,000

£48,000

£85,000

Kennedys

£27,500 (regional); £38,500 (London)

£30,500 (regional); £41,000 (London)

Undisclosed

Kingsley Napley

£34,000

£36,000

£58,000

Kirkland & Ellis

£50,000

£55,000

£148,920

Latham & Watkins

£46,000

£50,000

£148,920

Leigh Day

£25,600 (Manchester); £32,000 (London)

£27,600 (Manchester); £34,000 (London)

£33,600 (Manchester); £48,000 (London)

Lewis Silkin

£33,250

£37,188

£54,688

Linklaters

£47,000

£52,500

£90,000

Macfarlanes

£44,000

£49,000

£80,000

Maples Teesdale

£36,668

£38,754

£64,445

Marriott Harrison

£36,000

£38,000

Undisclosed

Mayer Brown

£46,000

£51,000

£90,000

Memery Crystal

£38,000

£40,000

£65,000

Michelmores

£28,000

£29,000

£40,500 (Exeter); £44,000 (Bristol); £60,000 (London)

Mills & Reeve

£27,000

£28,000

£63,000 (London); £43,000 (elsewhere)

Mishcon de Reya

£42,000

£42,000

£72,000

Morgan Lewis & Bockius

£47,000

£52,000

£115,000

Morrison & Foerster (UK)

£46,000

£50,000

£118,000

Muckle

£24,500

£26,500

£37,500

Northridge Law

£38,000

£40,000

£65,000

Norton Rose Fulbright

£48,000

£52,000

£85,000

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe

£45,000

£49,000

£120,000

Osborne Clarke

£40,500

£42,125

£61,500

Paul Hastings (Europe)

£50,000

£55,000

£133,000

Penningtons Manches Cooper

£34,000

£36,000

£56,000

Peters & Peters

£34,000

£37,000

£58,250

Pinsent Masons

£27,000-£41,000

£30,000-£44,000

£44,000-£72,500

Reed Smith

£45,000

£49,000

£90,000

Ropes & Gray

£38,000

£39,500

Varies

RPC

£36,500

£38,500

£58,250

Russell-Cooke

£38,000

£39,500

Undisclosed

Shearman & Sterling

£45,000

£50,000

£120,000

Sidley Austin

£50,000

£55,000

£135,500

Simkins

£34,000

£37,000

Undisclosed

Simmons & Simmons

£39,000-£45,000

£40,000-£50,000

£52,000-£79,000

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

£50,000

£55,000

£150,000

Slaughter and May

£47,000

£52,500

£87,000

Squire Patton Boggs

£37,000 (London) £26,000 (elsewhere)

£42,000 (London) £28,000 (elsewhere)

£73,000 (London) £44,000 (elsewhere)

Stephenson Harwood

£43,000

£47,000

£75,000

Stevens & Bolton

£35,000

£36,000

£50,000

Sullivan & Cromwell

£55,000

£60,000

Undisclosed

Taylor Vinters

£31,500

£33,500

£55,000

Taylor Wessing

£40,000

£44,000

£77,000

TLT

£28,500-£39,500 (England)

£30,500-£42,500 (England)

£42,500-£67,000 (England

Travers Smith

£46,500

£52,000

£85,000

Trowers & Hamlins

£37,000 (London); £28,000 (elsewhere)

£40,000 (London); £30,000 (elsewhere)

£68,000 (London); £44,000 (elsewhere)

Vinson & Elkins

£50,000

£55,000

£147,500

Ward Hadaway

£24,000

£26,000

£36,500

Watson Farley & Williams

£43,000

£46,000

£74,000

Wedlake Bell

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Weil Gotshal & Manges

£50,000

£55,000

£130,000

White & Case

£50,000

£55,000

£130,000

Wiggin

£39,000

£42,000

£65,000

Willkie Farr & Gallagher

£50,000

£55,000

£120,000

Wilsons

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Winckworth Sherwood

£36,000

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Winston & Strawn

£48,000

£52,000

Undisclosed

Withers

£38,000

£40,000

£60,000

Womble Bond Dickinson

£38,000 (London) £22,000 - £30,000 (elsewhere)

£40,000 (London) £24,000 - £32,000 (elsewhere)

Undisclosed

 

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