How much will you earn as a trainee and newly-qualified solicitor?

Below is a fully interactive table, which shows the pay for those firms who have an extended profile with The Lex 100. If you’d like to compare firm’s survey results go to our brand new Law Firm Comparison table or click through to our Firms section for a more detailed analysis of each firm.

Firm First year salary Second year salary Newly qualified salary
Addleshaw Goddard £47,000 (London); £29,500 (Leeds and Manchester); £25,000 (Scotland) £50,000 (London); £32,000 (Leeds and Manchester); £28,000 (Scotland) £82,000 (London); £50,000 (Leeds and Manchester); £47,000 (Scotland)
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP £50,000 £55,000 US$202,500 (associate salaries are paid in US$ at a fixed quarterly exchange rate)
BDB Pitmans LLP £36,500 (London); £30,000 (Reading) £40,000 (London); £32,000 (Reading) £60,000 (London); £45,000 (Reading)
Bevan Brittan LLP Competitive Competitive Competitive
Blaser Mills Law £27,000 £27,000 £40,000
Brabners LLP £25,000 £26,500 £40,000
Burges Salmon LLP £42,000 £44,000 £60,000
Charles Russell Speechlys LLP £40,000 (London), £35,000 (Guildford), £32,000 (Cheltenham) £43,000 (London), £37,000 (Guildford), £34,000 (Cheltenham) £68,000 (London), £54,000 (Guildford), £50,000 (Cheltenham)
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton £57,500 £62,500 £140,000
Clifford Chance £50,000 £55,000 £100,000
Clyde & Co £40,000 (London); £26,500 (Manchester) £42,000 (London); £28,500 (Manchester) £70,000 (London); Competitive (Manchester)
CMS £44,500 (London), £38,500 (Bristol), £28,500 (Manchester and Sheffield), £25,500 (Edinburgh and Glasgow) £49,750 (London), £40,500 (Bristol), £31,500 (Manchester and Sheffield), £28,500 (Edinburgh and Glasgow) £75,000 (London), £50,500 (Bristol), £42,500 (Manchester and Sheffield), £41,500 (Edinburgh and Glasgow)
Cooley (UK) LLP £50,000 £55,000 £142,000
Covington & Burling LLP £48,000 £53,000 £128,000
Cripps Pemberton Greenish LLP £26,000 (with a London allowance for London seats) £28,500 (with a London allowance for London seats) £42,500 (Tunbridge Wells), £53,000 (London)
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP £50,000 £55,000 £143,700
Dechert LLP £45,000 £50,000 £125,000
Farrer & Co LLP £40,000 (Sept 2021) £44,000 (Sept 2021) £72,000 (Sept 2021)
Fladgate LLP £40,000 £42,000 £68,000
Forsters £43,500 £45,500 £70,000
Goodwin Procter (UK) LLP
HFW £44,000 £73,500
Hill Dickinson LLP £26,000 (Northern), £37,000 (London) £28,000 (Northern), £39,000 (London) Within a range, up to £41,000 (Northern) or up to £59,000 (London) dependent on discipline
Irwin Mitchell LLP £26,500 (regional), £38,000 (London) £28,500 (regional), £40,000 (London) Dependent on the office and division you qualify in. Band between £40,000-£60,000
Jones Day £52,000 £59,000 £110,000
K&L Gates LLP £43,000 (2020) £48,000 (2020) £85,000 (2020)
Kennedys Law LLP £38,500 London, £27,500 regional, £21,000 Scotland £41,000 London, £30,000 regional, £24,000 Scotland Varied
Kingsley Napley LLP £36,000 £38,000
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP £55,000 £60,000 US$205,000
Latham & Watkins £50,000 £55,000 $205,000
Leathes Prior
Macfarlanes LLP £48,000 £52,500 £90,000
Maples Teesdale LLP £36,668 £38,754 £61,223
Mayer Brown International LLP £47,500 £52,500 £95,000
Michelmores LLP £30,000 Exeter £45,500; Bristol £48,000; London £64,000
Milbank LLP £50,000 £55,000 Competitive
Mills & Reeve £28,000 (regions) £30,000 (regions) £46,000 (regions); £65,000 (London)
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP £50,000 £55,000 £135,000
Morrison and Foerster (UK) LLP £50,000 £55,000 £118,000
Norton Rose Fulbright £48,000 £52,000 £85,000
Osborne Clarke
Payne Hicks Beach LLP £39,000 £41,000 £62,000
RPC £40,000 London; £35,000 Bristol £44,000 London; £36,000 Bristol £70,000 London; £49,000 Bristol
Russell-Cooke Solicitors London £40,000 £42,500 Market rate for the area into which the trainee qualifies
Stephens Scown LLP £28,000 £30,000 Regionally competitive
Stephenson Harwood £43,000 £47,000 £75,000
Taylor Wessing LLP £45,000 £49,000 £81,000
TLT LLP London £40,500, Bristol £34,000, Manchester £29,500, Glasgow £23,000, Belfast £18,600 London £43,500, Bristol £36,000, Manchester £31,500, Glasgow £26,000, Belfast £20,000 London £69,000, Bristol £50,000, Manchester £44,000, Glasgow £37,000, Belfast £30,000
Travers Smith LLP £47,000 £52,500 £90,000 (basic) and up to £110,500 (including a discretionary firmwide bonus and other discretionary bonus).
Vinson & Elkins RLLP £50,000 (2021) £55,000 (2021) £153,300 (2021)
Watson Farley & Williams LLP £45,000 £48,000 £85,000
Wedlake Bell LLP £37,500 £39,500 £64,000
Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP £50,000 £55,000 £145,000
White & Case LLP £50,000 £55,000 £130,000