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RPC scraps all-equity partnership structure in bid to win “fierce battle for talent”

RPC has ditched its all-equity partnership structure for a new framework that includes a slate of senior positions. Starting today, the UK firm will adopt a structure that includes five different levels of seniority. Those roles are: full equity partner; fixed-share equity partner; salaried partner; of counsel; and senior associate. RPC managing partner James Miller […]


NQ pay: Ashurst does what everyone else does

Just days after the firm revealed a strong set of financial results for 2018/19, Ashurst has confirmed it too will increase its remuneration package for newly-qualified solicitors. The firm has said its total possible remuneration will rise to £105,00, up from £96,000. This comprises both base pay and a bonus, with the bonus based on […]

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Macfarlanes and Linklaters become latest firms to go to £100,000 for NQs

Linklaters has raised its newly-qualified (NQ) solicitor salary to £100,000, the final magic circle firm to do so. The base salary is somewhere below this mark, with a discretionary performance bonus making the “total cash payable” £100,000, though the firm obscures matters somewhat by stating that “top NQ performers [will receive] above this.” Freshfields Bruckhaus […]

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Clifford Chance follows Freshfields to £100,000 NQ salary

Clifford Chance has raised its salary for newly-qualified solicitors from £91,000 to £100,000, following the lead of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer last month. Unlike Freshfields, however, the £100,000 paid by Clifford Chance is its total compensation package, including bonuses, rather than base salary. The Lawyer understands that trainee salaries are also set to increase slightly when […]

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