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 £40,000 (London); £27,500 (Leeds and Manchester); £23,500 Scotland £43,000 (London); £29,500 (Leeds and Manchester); £26,000 Scotland £75,000 (London); £45,000 (Leeds and Manchester); £42,000 Scotland
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld £50,000 £55,000 $190,000 (associate salaries are paid in US$ at a fixed quarterly exchange rate)
Ashfords LLP
Ashurst £46,000 £50,000 £84,000
Baker McKenzie LLP £48,000 £52,000 £90,000
Bates Wells £36,000 £38,000 £62,000
BDB Pitmans £36,500 £37,500 £57,000
Bevan Brittan LLP competitive competitive competitive
Birketts LLP £25,000-£26,000 £26,000-£27,000 £39,000-£40,000
Blaser Mills Law £27,000 £40,000 plus
Brabners LLP £25,000 £26,500 £40,000
Bristows LLP £39,500 £42,500 £66,000
Burges Salmon LLP £35,000 £36,000 £50,000
Burness Paull LLP
Capital Law
Charles Russell Speechlys £40,000 (London), £35,000 (Guildford), £30,000 (Cheltenham) £43,000 (London), £36,000 (Guildford), £32,000 (Cheltenham)
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton £50,000 £55,000 £133,000
Clifford Chance £48,000 £54,000 £100,000 (including a binary bonus)
Clyde & Co LLP £40,000 £42,000 £70,000
CMS £43,000 (London), £38,000 (Bristol), £25,000 (Glasgow/Edinburgh), £28,000 (Sheffield), £25,000 (Aberdeen) £48,000 (London), £40,000 (Bristol), £28,000 (Glasgow/Edinburgh), £30,000 (Sheffield), £28,000 (Aberdeen) £70,000 (London), £50,000 (Bristol), £40,000 (Glasgow/Edinburgh), £41,000 (Sheffield), £40,000 (Aberdeen)
Coffin Mew LLP Competitive Competitive £36,000-£39,000 depending on specialism and location
Cooley (UK) LLP £50,000 £55,000 £118,000
Covington & Burling LLP £43,000 £47,000 £100,000
Cripps Pemberton Greenish £26,000 £28,500 £42,500
Crown Prosecution Service £24,975 (National) £26,438 (London) £24,975 (National) £26,438 (London) £38,000 (National) £40,000 (London)
DAC Beachcroft
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP £50,000 £55,000 £131,100
Dechert LLP £45,000 £50,000 £116,000
Devonshires Solicitors LLP £32,000 £35,000
Farrer & Co £39,000 £42,500 £67,000
Fieldfisher LLP London: £39,500; Manchester and Birmingham: £28,000 London: £42,500; Manchester and Birmingham: £29,500 London: £70,000: Manchester and Birmingham: £42,500
Fladgate LLP £38,000 £40,000 £67,000
Forsters LLP £41,000 £43,000 £64,000
Gateley £27,000 (Regional), £35,000 (London) £28,500, £37,000 £41,000 (Regional), £61,500 (London)
Goodwin Procter (UK) LLP £46,000 £50,000 £115,000
HFW £41,000 £43,000 £66,000
Hill Dickinson LLP £26,000 (Northern), £37,000 (London) £28,000 (Northern), £39,000 (London) Within a range, up to £41,000 (Northern) or £59,000 (London) dependent on discipline.
Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors Limited £25,500 £27,500 £35,000
Hogan Lovells £46,000 £51,000 £90,000
Howard Kennedy LLP £37,000* £39,000* £60,000*
Irwin Mitchell £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 £105,000
K&L Gates LLP £43,000 (2018) £48,000 (2018) £75,000 (2018)
Kennedys Law LLP £36,000 London, £26,000 regional, £19,000 Scotland £38,000 London, £29,000 regional, £22,000 Scotland Varied
Kingsley Napley LLP £36,000 £38,000 £58,000
Kirkland & Ellis LLP £50,000 £55,000 $190,000
Latham & Watkins £46,000 £50,000 £130,000
Leathes Prior £21,420 £22,440 £34,000
Lester Aldridge LLP £22,500 (subject to annual market review) £23,500 (subject to annual market review) Market rate
Macfarlanes LLP £44,000 £49,000 £85,000
Maples Teesdale LLP £35,600 £37,000 £56,500
Mayer Brown International LLP £46,000 £51,000 £90,000
Memery Crystal £38,000 £40,000 £65,000
Michelmores LLP £28,000 £30,000 £41,500 (Exeter); £45,000 (Bristol); £63,000 (London)
Milbank LLP £50,000 £55,000 Competitive
Mills & Reeve £27,000 (regions) £28,500 (regions) £42,000 (regions)
Mishcon de Reya LLP
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP £47,000 £52,000 £115,000
Morrison and Foerster LLP £46,000 £50,000 £115,000
Norton Rose Fulbright £46,500 £50,500 £87,500
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP £45,000 £49,000 £105,000
Osborne Clarke LLP £38,000-£43,000 (varies on location) £39,250-£45,000 (varies on location) £52,000-£71,000 (varies on location)
Payne Hicks Beach £36,000 £38,000 £60,000
Penningtons Manches Cooper £38,000 (London, 2018) £40,000 (London, 2018) £62,000 (London, 2018)
Reed Smith LLP
Roythornes Limited £24,500 £25,500 £35,000
RPC £38,000 London, £35,000 Bristol £41,000 London, £36,000 Bristol £66,500 London, £47,000 Bristol
Russell-Cooke LLP £38,000 £39,500 Market rate for the area into which the trainee qualifies.
Shoosmiths LLP £27,000 (regional), £38,000 (London) £42,500 (regional), £65,000 (London)
Sidley Austin £50,000 £55,000 £135,500
Simmons & Simmons £45,000/£39,000 (London/Bristol) £50,000/£40,000 (London/Bristol) £79,000/£52,000 (London/Bristol)
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP £50,000 £55,000 £133,000
Slaughter and May £45,000 £51,000 £100,000 (total remuneration)
Squire Patton Boggs London: £37,000, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester: £26,000 London: £42,000, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester: £28,000 London: £73,000, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester: £44,000
Stephens Scown LLP £25,500 £27,000 Regionally competitive
Stephenson Harwood £43,000 £47,000 £75,000
Taylor Vinters £28,000 (Cambridge) and £35,000 (London) £30,000 (Cambridge) and £37,000 (London) £47,000 (Cambridge) and £63,000 (London)
Taylor Wessing LLP £40,000 £44,000 £77,000
Thrings LLP £27,000 (South West) £31,500 (London) £29,000 (South West) £33,000 (London) £40,000
TLT LLP £32,000 (Bristol), £38,000 (London), £28,000 (Manchester) £34,000 (Bristol), £41,000 (London), £30,000 (Manchester) £47,000 (Bristol), £64,000 (London), £41,000 (Manchester)
Travers Smith LLP £46,500 £52,000 £85,000
Trethowans LLP £25,000 £27,000 Competitive market rate
Vinson & Elkins LLP £50,000 £55,000 £147,700
Ward Hadaway £24,000 £26,000 £36,500
Watson Farley & Williams £43,000 £46,000 £73,700
Wedlake Bell LLP £37,500 £39,500 £62,500
White & Case LLP £48,000 £53,000 £105,000
Wilsons Solicitors LLP Above market rate Above market rate Above market rate
Womble Bond Dickinson Bristol and Southampton £30,000, Leeds £27,000, London £38,000, Newcastle £26,000, Plymouth £28,000, Scotland £22,000 Bristol and Southampton £32,000, Leeds £29,000, London £40,000, Newcastle £28,000, Plymouth £30,000, Scotland £24,000