Salaries and benefits compared

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How much do trainees and NQs earn?

 

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Addleshaw Goddard

£40000 (London); £27500 (Leeds and Manchester); £23500 (Scotland)

£43000 (London); £29500 (Leeds and Manchester); £26000 (Scotland)

£75000 (London); £45000 (Leeds and Manchester); £42000 (Scotland)

Undisclosed

GDL & LPC: fees + £7000 (London) or £4500 (elsewhere)

Akin Gump

£50,000

£55,000

$190000

Health + dental + travel ins; life ass; EA; IP; STL; fitness reimbursment

GDL & LPC: fees + £10000

Allen & Overy

£46,500

£52,500

£100000 (including bonuses)

Undisclosed

GDL & LPC: fees + £9000 (GDL) + £10000 (LPC)

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer

£46,000

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Health + dental ins; life ass; STL; bonus

GDL & LPC: fees + £8000

Ashfords

£29000 (Bristol); £28000 (South West)

£30000 (Bristol); £29000 (South West)

£47000 (Bristol); £42000 (South West)

Health cash plan; CTWS; bonus; gym (Exeter); subs'd gym m'ship; holiday purchase scheme

LPC: fees

Ashurst

£46,000

£50,000

£84,000

Undisclosed

GDL & LPC: fees + £8000

Baker McKenzie

£48,000

£52,000

£90,000

Health + dental ins; life ass; STL; CTWS; bonus; gym m'ship; childcare vouchers

GDL & LPC: fees + £6000 (GDL) + £8000 (LPC)

Bevan Brittan

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Health ins; IP; STL; CTWS; gym; childcare

GDL & LPC: fees + £5000

Bird & Bird

£40,000

£44,000

£71,000

Healthcare; life ass; EA; STL; CTWS; gym m'ship; corporate discount; computer loans; paid volunteering

GDL & LPC: fees + £5500

Birketts

£25000 - £26000

£26000 - £27000

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Blandy & Blandy

£23,000

£24,500

£38,000

Health cashback scheme; life ass; STL

None

Blaser Mills

£27,000

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Pension; life ass

None

BLM

£31000 (London); £22000 (elsewhere)

£31000 (London); £23000 (elsewhere)

£44000 (London); £30000 (elsewhere)

Health ins; life ass; STL; subs'd gym; childcare

LPC: fees

Boodle Hatfield

£40,000

£42,000

£64,000

Health ins; life ass; EA; IP; STL; CTWS; childcare vouchers

GDL & LPC: fees + £6000

BP Collins

£26,400

£27,400

£40,000

Undisclosed

LPC: contribution

Brabners

£25,000

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Travel loan; CTWS; subs'd discounts in retail stores

LPC: fees

Bristows

£39,500

£42,500

£66,000

Health + travel ins; life ass; STL; CTWS; gym m'ship

GDL & LPC: fees + £8000

Browne Jacobson

£36500 (London); £26000 (elsewhere)

£37500 (London); £27000 (elsewhere)

Undisclosed

Health + dental care; critical illness cover; travel ins; life ass; IP; CTWS; discounted shopping

GDL & LPC: fees + £5000

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

£40000 (London)

£45000 (London)

£75000 (London)

Undisclosed

GDL & LPC: fees + £7200

Burges Salmon

£35,000

£36,000

£50,000

Healthcare; life ass; bonus; pension; gym m'ship; Christmas gift

GDL & LPC: fees + £7000

Charles Russell Speechlys

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Healthcare; life ass; STL; CTWS; subs'd restaurant (London only)

GDL & LPC: fees + grant

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

£48,000

£52,000

£120,000

Health + dental ins; life ass; EA; CTWS

GDL & LPC: fees + £8000

Clifford Chance

£48,000

£54,000

£100,000

Gym m'ship; pension; health ins; STL; CTWS; dental

GDL: fees + £7000 (£8000 in London); LPC: fees + £10000

Clyde & Co

£40000 (London); £26500 (Manchester)

£42000 (London); £28500 (Manchester)

£70000 (London); undisclosed (Manchester)

Private healthcare; dental ins; life ass; STL; CTWS; gym; restaurant; childcare vouchers; employeee assistant programme

GDL & LPC: fees + £7.000/8000

CMS

£42000 (London); £38000 (Bristol); £28000 (Sheffield & Manchester)

£48000 (London); £40000 (Bristol); £30000 (Sheffield & Manchester)

£73000 (London); £50000 (Bristol); £42000 (Sheffield & Manchester)

Undisclosed

GDL & LPC: fees + £7500 (London) or £5000 (elsewhere)

Collyer Bristow

£34,000

£36,000

£57,000

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Cooley

£50,000

£55,000

£118,000

Healthcare; critical illness cover; life ass; EA; STL; CTWS; gym m'ship; backup child/adult care; mortgage surgeries

GDL & LPC: fees + £8000 (London) or £7500 (elsewhere)

Covington & Burling

£43,000

£47,000

£120,000

Health ins; dental plan; life ass; EA; STL; independent financial advice; childcare vouchers; emergency care cover

GDL & LPC: fees + £8000

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

GDL: Cripps discount; LPC: fees

Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle

£42,000

£46,000

Undisclosed

Healthcare; life cover; EA; IP; STL

GDL & LPC: fees + grant

Davis Polk & Wardwell London

£55,000

£60,000

£135,000

Health + life + critical illness ins; EA; STL; CTWS; subs'd gym m'ship; medical cash plan

GDL & LPC: fees + £10000

Debevoise & Plimpton

£50,000

£55,000

£131,100

Healthcare; life ins; EA; IP; STL; CTWS; subs'd café; discretionary qualification leave

GDL & LPC: fees + £9000

Dechert

£45,000

£50,000

£116,000

Health + dental ins; life ass; EA; STL; CTWS; subs'd gym m'ship subs'd café; annual health assessments

GDL & LPC: fees + £10000

Dentons

£44000 (London); £31000 (elsewhere); £24000 (Scotland)

£48000 (London); £34000 (elsewhere); £26000 (Scotland)

£75000 (London); £48000 (elsewhere); £40000 (Scotland)

Undisclosed

GDL & LPC: fees + £6000 (London) and £5000 (elsewhere)

DLA Piper

£45000 (London); £28000 (elsewhere)

£50000 (London); £31000 (elsewhere)

£78000 (London); £46000 (elsewhere)

Health + life ins; EA; CTWS; gym; restaurant

GDL & LPC: fees + grant

Dorsey & Whitney

£43,000

£49,000

£77,000

Health ins; life ass; STL

LPC: fees + £7000

Druces

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Healthcare; IP; STL; CTWS; bonus; mortgage advice; eye tests; flu vaccinations

None

DWF

£22000 - £38000

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Healthcare; life ass; EA; STL; childcare vouchers; retail vouchers; subs'd staff restaurants in various locations

LPC: fees

Eversheds Sutherland

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Healthcare; life ass; EA; STL; CTWS; gym; gourmet card

GDL & LPC: fees + £5000-£7000

Farrer & Co

£39,000

£42,500

£67,000

Health ins; life ass; IP; STL; subs'd gym m'ship; subs'd yoga/pilates

GDL & LPC: fees + £7000

Fladgate

£38,000

£40,000

£67,000

Health ins; life ass; STL; bonus; group income protection; weekly personal training/yoga sessions

GDL & LPC: fees + £6000 (London) or £5000 (elsewhere)

Freeths

£25,000

£28,000

£40,000

Travel loan; CTWS; subs'd gym m'ship; employee confidential helpline

GDL & LPC: loan

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

£45,000

£51,000

£100,000

Health + dental care; gym

GDL & LPC: fees + £10000

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson

£45,000

£50,000

£131,000

Health + travel ins; life ass; EA; IP; CTWS; subs'd gym m'ship; mortgage + pensions advice

GDL & LPC: fees + £7000

Gateley PLC

£27000 (regions); £35000 (London)

£28500 (regions); £37000 (London)

£41000 (regions); £61500 (London)

Healthcare; life ass; STL; CTWS; holiday buyback

GDL & LPC: fees + LPC grant

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

£120,000

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Goodwin

£46,000

£50,000

Undisclosed

Health + dental ins; life ass; EA; IP; STL; CTWS; subs'd gym

GDL & LPC: fees + £8000 (GDL) + £10000 (LPC)

Gowling WLG (UK)

£28000 (Birmingham); £40500 (London)

£31000 (Birmingham); £44000 (London)

£44000 (Birmingham); £71000 (London)

Health ins; travel loan; life ass; EA; IP; STL; CTWS; corporate discounts

GDL & LPC: fees + £5500 (Birmingham) or £7000 (London)

Harbottle & Lewis

£36,000

£38,000

£59,000

Health ins; EA; STL; CTWS; childcare vouchers

GDL & LPC: fees + £6000

Herbert Smith Freehills

£45,000

£50,000

£100000 (including bonuses)

Health + travel  ins; life ass; STL; CTWS; subs'd gym m'ship; retail vouchers

GDL & LPC: fees

Hewitsons

£24,000

£24,500

£40,500

Healthcare; IP; CTWS

None

HFW

£41,000

£43,000

£66,000

Health + dental ins; life ass; STL; CTWS; subs'd gym m'ship

GDL & LPC: fees + £7000

Higgs & Sons

£23,500

£25,000

Undisclosed

Health ins; life ass; EA; corporate discounts; BTSS m'ship

GDL & LPC: fees

Hill Dickinson

£37000 (London); £26000 (elsewhere)

£39000 (London); £28000 (elsewhere)

Up to £41000; £59000 (London)

Health ins; life ass; STL; birthday leave

LPC: fees + £5000

Hodge Jones & Allen

£25,500

£27,500

Undisclosed

Health ins; life ass; CTWS; birthday leave; volunteer day; travel loan in second year; piano lessons; onsite subs'd bar

None

Hogan Lovells

£46,000

£51,000

£90,000

Healthcare; life ass; STL; bonus; gym m'ship; subs'd restaurant; retail discounts

GDL & LPC: fees + £8000 (London) or £7000 (elsewhere) or £10000 (accelerated LPC)

Howes Percival

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Health ins

GDL & LPC: fees (subject to cap)

Irwin Mitchell

£38000 (London); £26500+ (elsewhere)

£40000 (London); £28500+ (elsewhere)

Undisclosed

Health plan; critical illness cover; STL; 2 CSR days per year; sports team sponsorship

GDL & LPC: fees + £4500

Jones Day

£52,000

£59,000

£105,000

Health ins; STL; group life cover; free gym; subs'd cafe; salary sacrifice scheme

GDL & LPC: fees + £10000

K&L Gates

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Health ins; life ass; EA; STL; subs'd sports club m'ship; GP service

GDL & LPC: fees + £5000 (GDL) + £7000 (LPC)

Kennedys

£36000 (London); £26000 (regions); £19000 (Scotland)

£38000 (London); £29000 (regions); £22000 (Scotland)

Up to £58000 (London)

Health ins; life ass; EA; IP; STL; childcare; gym m'ship; GP

None

Kingsley Napley

£34,000

£36,000

£58,000

Health ins; life ass; IP; corporate cash plan

None

Kirkland & Ellis

£50,000

£55,000

$190000

Health + travel ins; EA; STL; CTWS; bonus; gym m'ship; free breakfast

GDL & LPC: fees + £10000

Latham & Watkins

£46,000

£50,000

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

GDL & LPC: fees + £8000

Leigh Day

£32000 (London); £25600 (Manchester)

£34000 (London); £27600 (Manchester)

£48000 (London); £33600 (Manchester)

Health ins; life ass; EA; STL; CTWS; gym m'ship

None

Lewis Silkin

£38,000

£42,500

£62,500

Health ins; life ass; IP; STL; CTWS; bonus; subs'd canteen + gym

GDL & LPC: fees + £6500

Linklaters

£47,000

£52,500

£100000 (including bonuses)

Health + travel ins; life ass; IP; STL; CTWS; bonus; gym; subs'd restaurant

GDL & LPC: fees + grant

Macfarlanes

£44,000

£49,000

£80,000

Health ins; life ass; bonus

GDL & LPC: fees + £7000

Maples Teesdale

£36,500

£37,625

£57,500

Health ins; life ass; STL; CTWS

Undisclosed

Mayer Brown

£46,000

£51,000

£90,000

Health scheme m'ship; STL; subs'd sports club m'ship

GDL & LPC: fees + grant

McDermott Will & Emery 

£43,000

£48,000

£100,000

Health + dental ins; life ass; EA; STL; gym m'ship

GDL & LPC: fees + £7500

Memery Crystal

£38,000

£40,000

£65,000

Health + travel ins; life ass; STL; CTWS; subs'd gym m'ship; childcare vouchers

GDL & LPC: fees

Michelmores

£28,000

£30,000

£41500 (Exeter); £45000 (Bristol); £63000 (London)

Health ins; gym + in-house personal trainer; subs'd cafe; birthday leave; holiday buy and sell options; volunteering opportunities; subscription to Headspace

LPC: fees + £5000

Mills & Reeve

£27,000

£28,000

£43,000

Life ass; EA; STL; bonus; subs'd restaurants

GDL & LPC: fees + £5000

Mishcon de Reya

£42,000

£45,000

£72,000

Health + dental + travel ins; critical illness cover; life ass; IP; STL; CTWS; bonus; gym m'ship; childcare vouchers; yoga classes

GDL & LPC: fees + £7000

Morgan Lewis & Bockius

£47,000

£52,000

£115,000

Health + dental + disability ins; life ass; STL; EA; CTWS

GDL & LPC: fees + £10000

Morrison & Foerster (UK)

£46,000

£50,000

£118,000

Health + dental; life ass; income protection; gym; childcare; STL; CTWS

GDL & LPC: fees + maintenance

Muckle

£24,000

£26,000

£37,500

Health ins; life ass; corporate discounts

LPC: fees

Northridge Law

£38,000

£40,000

£65,000

Profit share uncapped (est 20% of salary), plus uncapped performance bonus; health ins; life ass; STL; bonus

GDL & LPC: fees + grant

Norton Rose Fulbright

£45,000

£49,000

£77,000

Undisclosed

GDL & LPC: fees + £8000 (GDL) + £10000 (LPC)

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe

£45,000

£49,000

£105,000

Health ins; dental care; life ass; IP; STL; subs'd gym m'ship STL; childcare voucher scheme

GDL & LPC: fees + £8000 (GDL) + £9500 (LPC)

Osborne Clarke

£38000 - £43000

£39250 - £45000

£52000 - £71000

Health ins; life ass; EA; STL; CTWS

GDL & LPC: fees + £6500

Paul Hastings (Europe)

£50,000

£55,000

£133,000

Undisclosed

GDL & LPC: fees + grant

Penningtons Manches Cooper

£38,000

£40,000

£62,000

Health ins; critical illness cover; life ass; STL

LPC: fees + grant

Peters & Peters

£39,000

£41,000

Undisclosed

Health ins; life ass; EA; STL; subs'd health club m'ship

LPC: fees

Pinsent Masons

£41000 (London); £27000 (regions); £24000 (Scotland); £17500 (Belfast)

£44000 (London); £30000 (regions); £27000 (Scotland); £18500 (Belfast)

£70000 (London); £44000 (regions); £43500 (Scotland); £30000 (Belfast)

Health + dental + travel ins; life ass; childcare; gourmet society and/or tastecard

GDL & LPC: fees + grant

Reed Smith

£43,000

£47,000

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Ropes & Gray

£50,000

£55,000

£120,000

Health + dental ins; life ass; EA; STL; wellbeing allowance; wellness screening

GDL & LPC: fees + £8000

Royds Withy King

 £26,500 (£32,000 London)

£27,500 (£34,000 London)

£37,000 (£40,000 London)

Pension, medicash, birthday holiday

 Undisclosed

RPC

£38000 (London); £35000 (Bristol)

£41000 (London); £36000 (Bristol)

£66500 (London); £47000 (Bristol)

See profile

GDL & LPC: fees

Russell-Cooke

£38,000

£39,500

Undisclosed

Life ass; EA; STL; CTWS; employee discount card; recruitment referral fee; computer loan; legal services; childcare vouchers; access to clubs and social events; yoga (Putney office)

GDL: grant; LPC: capped sponsorship up to £10000 + £5000 loan

Shearman & Sterling

£45,000

£50,000

£120,000

Health dental disability + travel ins; life ass; CTWS; subs'd gym; mortgage advisor

GDL & LPC: fees + £8000

Sidley Austin

£50,000

£55,000

£135,500

Health ins; life ass; IP; STL; gym m'ship

GDL & LPC: fees + £11000

Simkins

£34,000

£37,000

Undisclosed

Health ins; EA; IP; STL; CTWS; cash plan; payroll giving

LPC: fees

Simmons & Simmons

£45000 (London); £39000 (Bristol)

£50000 (London); £40000 (Bristol)

£79000 (London); £52000 (Bristol)

Health + travel ins; life ass; EA; STL; CTWS; subs'd gym m'ship; payroll giving scheme

GDL & LPC: fees + £7500 (GDL) + £9000 (LPC)

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

£50,000

£55,000

Undisclosed

Health + travel ins; life ass; EA; CTWS; gym m'ship; subs'd restaurant; technology allowance

GDL & LPC: fees + £10000

Slaughter and May

£45,000

£51,000

£100000 (including bonuses)

Undisclosed

GDL & LPC: fees + grant

Squire Patton Boggs

£37000 (London); £26000 (elsewhere)

£42000 (London); £28000 (elsewhere)

£73000 (London); £44000 (elsewhere)

Health + dental + critical illness ins; life ass; IP; STL; CTWS; cash plan

GDL & LPC: fees + grant

Stephens Scown

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

LPC: fees

Stephenson Harwood

£43,000

£47,000

£75,000

Health + critical illness ins; dental scheme; life ass; CTWS; subs'd gym m'ship; private GP; subs'd café; travel to work loan

GDL & LPC: fees + £6000

Stevens & Bolton

£35,000

£36,000

£50,000

Health ins; life ass; STL or car parking

GDL & LPC: fees + grant

Sullivan & Cromwell

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Health + dental + life + travel ins; subs'd gym; concierge

GDL & LPC: fees + £12850

Taylor Vinters

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

£47000 (Cambridge & Oxford); £63000 (London)

Health ins; life ass; EA; STL; wellbeing scheme

LPC: fees

Taylor Wessing

£40,000

£44,000

£77,000

Undisclosed

GDL & LPC: fees + £7500

TLT

£38000 (London); £32000 (Bristol); £28000 (Manchester)

£41000 (London); £34000 (Bristol); £30000 (Manchester)

£63000 (London); £47000 (Bristol); £41000 (Manchester)

Health schemes; gym m'ship; retail vouchers

GDL & LPC: fees + £6000

Travers Smith

£46,500

£52,000

£85,000

Health ins; life ass; health + dental screening; cycle to work; gym

GDL & LPC: fees + £8500

Trethowans

£25,000

£27,000

Undisclosed

Health cash plan scheme; EA; IP; CTWS; gym m'ship; bonus; birthday leave; retail discount scheme

LPC: 50% fees

Trowers & Hamlins

£37000 (London); £28000 (elsewhere)

£40000 (London); £30000 (elsewhere)

£68000 (London); £44000 (elsewhere)

Health ins; STL

GDL & LPC: fees + £7000 (London) + £6500 (elsewhere)

Vinson & Elkins

£50,000

£55,000

£147,700

Health + dental + travel ins; life ass; STL; subs'd gym

GDL & LPC: fees + £8000

VWV

£23,000

£25,000

£50000 (London); £40000 (Bristol & Birmingham); £45000 (Watford)

Health ins; private healthcare; travel; life ass; bonus; childcare vouchers; eye-care scheme

LPC: fees + £2000

Walker Morris

£27,000

£29,000

£44,000

Life ass; EA; STL; CTWS; subs'd gym m'ship; Popcorn Pass rewards

GDL & LPC: fes + £5000

Ward Hadaway

£24,000

£26,000

£36,500

Health + dental ins; life ass; STL; childcare; JLD m'ship

GDL & LPC: fees + grant

Watson Farley & Williams

£43,000

£46,000

£73,700

Health ins; life ass; EA; IP; STL; £250 contribution to a sports club or exercise classes

GDL & LPC: fees + £7500 - £8500

Wedlake Bell

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Health + dental ins; life ass; EA; travel loans; CTWS; gym m'ship

LPC: fees (subject to terms and conditions of offer)

Weil Gotshal & Manges

£50,000

£55,000

£130,000

Health ins; life ass

GDL & LPC: fees + £8000 (GDL) + £10000 (LPC)

White & Case

£48,000

£53,000

£105,000

Undisclosed

GDL & LPC: fees + £7500 (GDL) + £10500 (LPC)

Wiggin

£39,000

£42,000

£60,000

Health ins; gym m'ship; CTWS

GDL & LPC: fees + £7000

Wilkin Chapman

£21,750

£23,250

£32,000

Undisclosed

LPC: fees

Wilsons

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Undisclosed

Health ins; life ass

LPC: fees (partial)

Winckworth Sherwood

£36,000

£39,500

£61,000

Health + dental ins; life ass; IP; CTWS; gym m'ship; childcare vouchers

LPC: fees

Winston & Strawn

£48,000

£52,500

£100,000

Health + dental ins; life ass; IP; STL; cash plan; gym loan

GDL & LPC: fees + £7000 (London) or £6000 (elsewhere)

Withers

£38,000

£40,000

£63,000

Health ins; STL; gym m'ship

GDL & LPC: fees + £5000

Womble Bond Dickinson

£38000 (London); £22000 - £30000) (elsewhere)

£40000 (London); £24000 - £32000 (elsewhere)

Undisclosed

Health + dental ins; EA; CTWS; subs'd gym; childcare

GDL & LPC: fees + £6000