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Addleshaw Goddard has bowed to mounting pressure from trainees and announced its salary increases three months early.
A source at the firm confirmed that, while Addleshaws traditionally announces its salary increases in September each year, trainees have pushed management into talks to bring the date forward, in line with other firms.
London-based newly qualified (NQ) lawyers will now receive £64,000, up from £53,000.
Salaries in the Manchester and Leeds offices have been hiked by 14 per cent, from £35,000 to £40,000.
In April, Clifford Chance kicked off this year’s round of salary hikes with an overall rise of 15 per cent. The firm's trainee salaries have now risen from £31,400 to £35,700.
The Addleshaws source said that trainees pushed for an early announcement in line with firms such as Allen & Overy, Lovells, Slaughter and May, and White & Case, which all announced increases at the end of April and the beginning of May.