White & Case has set out its salary rises for 2021.

The increases take effect from 1 January next year, with newly qualified solicitors getting a £25,000 uplift in salary, from £105,000 to £130,000.

1PQEs get £27,500 more and will now be paid £137,500, while 2PQEs get a £30,000 boost to £150,000.

Beyond that, more senior lawyers are paid on a discretionary basis that the firm describes as “competitive”.

Trainee salaries, meanwhile, will be lifted by £2,000 for both first and second-years. They rise to £50,000 and £55,000 respectively.

The move takes White & Case closer to the top of the market in London, although even these significant boosts do not match rivals such as Kirkland & Ellis, which pays NQs £150,000.

White & Case was, once upon a time, the top-paying firm in London, handing £55,000 to its NQs way back in 2000.

Qualification level 2021 salary Previous year
First-year trainee £50,000 £48,000
Second-year trainee £55,000 £53,000
NQ £130,000 £105,000
1PQE £137,500 £110,000
2PQE £150,000 £120,000
3 to 9+ PQE Discretionary Discretionary