Salaries and benefits

NQ pay: HFW and Bird & Bird unveil salary increases

Bird & Bird and Holman Fenwick Willan are the latest firms to announce pay increases for their newly-qualified solicitors, with the latter rising to £100,000. HFW has increased its pay from £95,000 to £100,000, while Bird & Bird has put in place a slightly lower rise of £3,000 to £98,000. Bird & Bird’s increase comes […]

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“Where is the money coming from?” Clients react to NQ salary hikes

Salary increases across the City for newly-qualified lawyers has brought into sharp focus how much in-house lawyers are willing to pay for external counsel. Last week, US firm Goodwin upped its salary for NQs to £175,000 from £161,500. In May, Freshfields, Linklaters, Clifford Chance and A&O Shearman all boosted its pay for NQs by £25,000 […]

NQ salaries: Slaughters stands firm at £125,000

Following the raft of newly-qualified salary rises in recent weeks, Slaughter and May is holding its pay for NQs at £125,000 – at least until November this year. Slaughters reviews its salary scales bi-annually in April and November and in its most recent review decided to keep pay for its most junior lawyers as is. […]