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  • Questionable research

    I am not sure how accurate the salary comparisons are in this article. Junior lawyers in a decent size national start at 40k in the regions. A glance at the gazette shows that you only start earning this with quite a few years pqe (5) in the public sector, with entry level jobs at around 26k. Also most commercial law firms equity partners earn a lot more than 100k you can expect at the top in public jobs. This article doesnt seem to be quite right - certainly not as far as commercial law firms are concerned, maybe more accurate when compared to a high street firm.

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  • £40k?

    Really? Surely at none of the nationals bar perhaps Eversheds or Pinsents.

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  • Reply 40K

    If you look at any of the big firms details in the specialist student section of this website you will see that 40k is standard at NQ level at most nationals - Pinsents/Eversheds/Addleshaws/walker morris/DLA all pay at this level in the north of England.

    I would imagine that lots more commercial firms could be added to this list, the point being that I am not sure what this comment is based on "At the junior level, for quite some time now a lawyer has been ahead in local government compared with a private sector counterpart (although it is probably starting to equal out now)."

    Certainly it is quite common to earn 40K on qualification in a commercial law firm in the regions, so it may be more accurate to confirm that this comment is comparing public sector salaries to small high street practices.

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