A little-known US law firm is set to eclipse Bingham’s whopping £100,000 newly qualified (NQ) salary in a bid to attract top class junior lawyers to its fledgling Aberdeen office.
Texas-based Keaton Kint Kujan McManus Hockney Fenster & Kobayashi is offering an eye-watering £165,000 to fill an NQ vacancy that has remained unfilled for almost six months. Previously, the job was advertised with a salary of £60,000 plus bonus but despite the recession attracted no applications as young lawyers continue to plum for City firms.
Keaton Kint’s two-partner Aberdeen office was launched in Autumn 2009 to focus on energy work but has struggled to attract junior lawyers. The firm is therefore hoping that by offering an NQ salary that dwarfs those paid by the City elite will give the firm a competitive edge. It hopes to treble the size of the office within 12 months.
The managing partner of Keaton Kint’s Aberdeen office Douglas Duthie said: “We’ve been trying for some time to attract good candidates to north east Scotland, but as soon as the Scottish students graduate they want to head off to the City. We can understand that but we want prospective young lawyers to know that Aberdeen has a lot to offer - everything is walking distance from your home or office, the city is at the gateway to the highlands with excellent walking, fishing and shooting.”
“We now want to match that in monetary way by offering this excellent pay package to our trainees,” added Duthie.
As reported in Lawyer2B.com in February Boston-based Bingham emerged as one of the most generous employers in the legal market, paying its NQs a £100,000 salary (read more).
In contrast, magic circle NQ salaries range from £59,000 to £61,000.
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