|Sullivan & Cromwell LLP||9.48|
|Latham & Watkins||9.35|
|Cooley (UK) LLP||9.29|
|Kirkland & Ellis International LLP||9.13|
|White & Case LLP||9.06|
|Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP||9.03|
|Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP||9.00|
|Weil, Gotshal & Manges||8.98|
|Burges Salmon LLP||8.94|
|Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP||8.89|
|Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP||8.88|
|Osborne Clarke LLP||8.87|
|Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP||8.85|
|O'Melveny & Myers LLP||8.75|
|Shearman & Sterling (London) LLP||8.72|
|Covington & Burling LLP||8.72|
|Arnold & Porter (UK) LLP||8.70|
|Allen & Overy LLP||8.67|
|Sidley Austin LLP||8.64|
|Hogan Lovells International LLP||8.64|
It’s no surprise that the US-based international firms dominate our top-ten in this category, with US firms in London paying as much as 40% more to newly-qualified solicitors than UK counterparts.
There is more to life than the dollar, but if remuneration is what motivates you, consider a training contract at Sullivan & Cromwell, where ‘our pay is better’ than rivals, or perhaps Latham & Watkins, where there are ‘longer hours, but higher pay and more responsibility given’ compared to some other City firms.
At Cooley (UK) ‘the remuneration is very generous and we recently received a salary increase’, while at Kirkland & Ellis International, trainees cite pay and friendliness among the best attributes of the firm.
The training contract at White & Case is popular for its international opportunities and ‘good salaries for trainees’, while many choose Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom for its ‘reputation, quality of work, small trainee intake and good qualification salary’.
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy has the ‘best overall package’ and Weil, Gotshal & Manges offers ‘higher remuneration, a smaller intake and cutting-edge work’. The only non-US origin firm in our top ten is Bristol-headquartered Burges Salmon, rated as the ‘best firm outside London in terms of quality of work, remuneration and location’ and just clinching a top-ten place this year is Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.