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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1st year salary

2nd year salary

NQ salary

Addleshaw Goddard £52,000 [London]; £33,000 [Leeds and Manchester]; £29,000 [Scotland] £56,000 [London]; £36,000 [Leeds and Manchester]; £33,000 [Scotland] £95,000 [London]; £62,000 [Leeds and Manchester]; £56,000 [Scotland]
Akin Gump £57,500 £62,500 $215,000
Arnold & Porter £55,660 £59,290 £113,900
Ashfords £41,000 [London]; £35,000 [Bristol]; £32,000 [Exeter & Plymouth] £43,000 [London]; £37,000 [Bristol]; £34,000 [Exeter & Plymouth] £60,000 [London]; £55,000 [Bristol]; £54,000 [Exeter & Plymouth]
Baker McKenzie £50,000 £55,000 £118,000
Bates Wells £41,000 £43,000 Undisclosed
Bevan Brittan Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed
Boodle Hatfield £45,000 £48,000 £83,000
Bristows £46,000 £50,000 £88,000
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner £50,000 [London]; £33,000 [Manchester] £55,000 [London] £37,000 [Manchester] £105,000 [London]; £67,000 [Manchester]
Burges Salmon £45,000 [London]; £34,000 [Edinburgh]  £47,000 [London]; £36,000 [Edinburgh] £68,000
Charles Russell Speechlys £47,000 [London]; £37,000 [Guildford]; £35,000 [Cheltenham] £50,000 [London]; £40,000 [Guildford]; £37,000 [Cheltenham] £80,000 [London]; £60,000 [Guildford]; £60,000 [Cheltenham]
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton £57,500 £62,500 £160,000
Clyde & Co £42,000 £44,500 £80,000
CMS £50,000 £55,000 £105,000
Collyer Bristow £37,000 £40,000 £70,000
Cooley £55,000 £60,000 £150,000
Covington & Burling £55,000 £60,000 £151,000
Cripps £30,000 [Tunbridge Wells] £32,000 [Tunbridge Wells] £58,000 [London]; £50,000 [Tunbridge Wells]
Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle £45,000 £50,000 Undisclosed
Davis Polk & Wardell £60,000 £65,000 £165,000
Debevoise & Plimpton £55,000 £60,000 £160,500
Dentons £48,000 [London]; £33,000 [Milton Keynes]; £27,000 [Scotland] £52,000 [London]; £35,000 [Milton Keynes]; £30,000 [Scotland] £95,000 [London]; £65,000 [Milton Keynes]; £62,000 [Scotland]
Devonshires Undisclosed Undisclosed £65,000 [London]; £50,000 [Leeds]
DLA Piper £50,000 [London]; £34,000 [Rest of the UK] £55,000 [London]; £37,500 [Rest of the UK] £100,000 [London]; £68,500 [Rest of the UK]
Dorsey & Whitney £45,000 £50,000 £95,000
DWF £38,000 Undisclosed Undisclosed
Farrer & Co £42,000 £45,000 £73,000
Foot Anstey £37,000 £39,000 £60,000
Fox Williams £44,000 £46,000 £77,000
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer £50,000 £55,000 £125,000
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher £55,000 £60,000 £161,700
Goodwin £52,000 £57,000 £160,000
Harbottle & Lewis £46,000 £49,000 £78,000
HFW £46,000 £50,000 £95,000
Hill Dickinson £28,000 [Northern]; £39,000 [London] £30,000 [Northern]; £41,000 [London] Up to £52,000 [Northern]; Up tp £72,000 [London]
Howes Percival £28,000 £30,000 Undisclosed
Irwin Mitchell £41,500 [London]; £29,500 [Regional] £43,500 [London]; £31,500 [Regional] £58,000 - £75,000 [London]; £43,000 - £50,500 [Regional]
K&L Gates £50,000 £55,000 £110,000
Kennedys £41,000 [London]; £29,000 [Regional]; £22,000 [Scotland] £45,000 [London]; £32,000 [Regional]; £25,000 [Scotland] Varied
Kingsley Napley £40,000 £43,000 Undisclosed
Kirkland & Ellis £60,000 £65,000 $215,000
Latham & Watkins £55,000 £60,000 $215,000
Leigh Day £36,000 £38,000 £52,000
Lewis Silkin £43,250 £47,350 £78,000
Maples Teesdale £38,868 £41,079 £70,000
Marriott Harrison £40,000 £42,000 £70,000
Mayer Brown £50,000 £55,000 £120,000
Michelmores Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed
Mills & Reeve TBC TBC £80,000
Mishcon de Reya £45,000 £50,000 £90,000
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius £50,000 £55,000 £150,000
Muckle £28,000 £30,000 £44,750
Norton Rose Fulbright £48,500 £53,000 £120,000
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe £55,000 £60,000 £140,000
Osborne Clarke £46,500 £48,500 £70,000
Paul Hastings Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed
Pinsent Masons £30,500 [Manchester, Birmingham & Leeds]; £30,000 [Glasgow, Edinburgh & Aberdeen]; £47,000 [London] £33,500 [Manchester, Birmingham & Leeds]; £33,000 [Glasgow, Edinburgh & Aberdeen]; £51,500 [London] £61,000 [Manchester, Birmingham & Leeds]; £61,000 [Glasgow, Edinburgh & Aberdeen]; £92,000 [London]
Ropes & Gray £57,500 £62,500 £147,000
RPC £44,000 £48,000 £85,000 [Commercial]; £80,000 [Insurance] 
RWK Goodman £28,000 £30,000 £46,000
Sidley Austin £55,000 £60,000 £166,500
Simmons & Simmons £52,000 [London]; £46,000 [Bristol] £55,000 [London]; £48,000 [Bristol] £107,500 [London]; £72,000 [Bristol] 
Skadden, Arps, Meagher, & Flom £58,000 £63,000 £165,000
Slaughter and May £50,000 £55,000 £125,000
Squire Patton Boggs £30,000 £33,000 £65,000
Stephenson Harwood £48,500 £53,500 £95,000
Stevens & Bolton £40,000 £42,000 £62,000
Sullivan & Cromwell £60,000 £65,000 Undisclosed
Taylor Wessing £50,000 [London, Cambridge] £55,000 [London, Cambridge] £100,000 [London, Cambridge]
Travers Smith £50,000 £55,000 £110,000
Trowers & Hamlins £52,000 £57,000 £140,000
Vinson & Elkins £60,000 £65,000 £173,822
VWV £28,000 [Bristol]; £28,000 [Birmingham]; £36,000 [London]; £33,000 [Watford] £30,000 [Bristol]; £30,000 [Birmingham]; £38,000 [London]; £35,000 [Watford] £48,000 [Bristol]; £48,000 [Birmingham]; £60,000 [London]; £54,000 [Watford]
Ward Hadaway £28,000 £30,000 £47,500
Wedlake Bell £40,000 £42,500 £75,000
Weil, Gotshal & Manges £60,000 £65,000 £170,000
White & Case £56,000 £61,000 £150,000
Wilkin Chapman £23,000 £25,000 £36,000
Willkie Farr & Gallagher £55,000 £60,000 £150,000
Wilsons £27,000 £29,000 £46,000
Winckworth Sherwood £38,000 £42,000 £67,000
Withers £45,000 £49,000 £90,000
Womble Bond Dickinson £36,000 £38,000 £60,000

 

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