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 US$190,000 (associate salaries are paid in US$ at a fixed quarterly exchange rate)
BDB Pitmans £36,500 (London), £30,000 (Reading) £40,000 (London), £32,000 (Reading) £58,000 (London) £45,000 (Reading)
Bevan Brittan LLP Competitive Competitive Competitive
Birketts LLP £25,500-£26,0500 £26,500-£27,500 £40,000-£41,500
Blaser Mills Law £27,000 £40,000
Brabners LLP £25,000 £26,500 £40,000
Bristows LLP £39,500 £42,500 £66,000
Burges Salmon £36,000 £37,000 £50,000
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 £94,500
Clyde & Co £38,000 (London), £24,500 (Manchester) £40,000 (London), £26,500 (Manchester) £68,000 (London), Competitive (Manchester)
CMS £43,000 (London), £38,000 (Bristol), £25,000 (Scotland), £28,000 (Sheffield/Manchester) £48,000 (London), £40,000 (Bristol), £28,000 (Scotland), £31,000 (Sheffield/Manchester) £73,000 (London), £50,000 (Bristol), £40,000 (Scotland), £42,000 (Sheffield/Manchester)
Cooley (UK) LLP £50,000 £55,000 £120,000
Covington & Burling LLP £48,000 £53,000 £120,000
Cripps Pemberton Greenish LLP £26,000 (regional), £34,250 (city) £28,500 (regional), £35,250 (city) £42,500 (regional), £53,000 (city)
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP £50,000 £55,000 £134,800
Dechert LLP £45,000 £50,000 £120,000
Farrer & Co LLP £39,000 £42,500 £65,000
Fladgate LLP £38,000 £40,000 £64,000
Forsters LLP £41,000 £43,000 £61,000
Goodwin Procter (UK) LLP £46,000 £50,000 £125,000
HFW
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 £59,500 (London) dependent on discipline
Hogan Lovells £46,000 £51,000 £85,000
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 £100,000
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 £34,000 £36,000 £58,000
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP £50,000 £55,000 US$190,000
Latham & Watkins £46,000 £50,000 $190,000
Leathes Prior
Macfarlanes LLP £44,000 £49,000 £80,000
Maples Teesdale LLP £36,668 £38,754 £64,445
Mayer Brown International LLP £46,000 £51,000 £90,000
Memery Crystal £38,000 £40,000 £65,000
Michelmores LLP £28,000 £30,000 £40,500 (Exeter); £44,000 (Bristol); £60,000 (London)
Milbank LLP £50,000 £55,000 Competitive
Mills & Reeve £27,000 (regions) £28,000 (regions) £43,000 (regions)
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP £47,000 £52,000 £115,000
Morrison and Foerster (UK) LLP £46,000 £50,000 £118,000
Norton Rose Fulbright £48,000 £52,000 £87,500
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe £45,000 £49,000 £120,000
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 £36,500 £38,500 £61,000
Reed Smith LLP £45,000 £49,000 £90,000
RPC £38,000 London, £35,000 Bristol £41,000 London, £36,000 Bristol £66,500 London, £48,000 Bristol
Russell-Cooke £38,000 £39,500 Market rate for the area into which the trainee qualifies.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP £50,000 £55,000 £133,000
Stephens Scown £26,500 £28,000 Regionally competitive
Stephenson Harwood LLP £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
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) £24,975 (national), £26,438 (London) £24,975 (national), £26,438 (London) £38,000 (national), £40,000 (London)
Thrings LLP £27,000 (South West), £31,500 (London) £29,000 (South West), £33,000 (London) £40,000 (South West), £46,000 (London)
TLT LLP £39,500 – London; £33,000 – Bristol; £28,500 – Manchester; £22,000 – Scotland; £18,135 – Belfast £42,500 – London; £35,000 – Bristol; £30,500 – Manchester; £25,000 – Scotland; £19,500 – Belfast £67,000 – London; £48,500 – Bristol; £42,500 – Manchester; £35,000 – Scotland; £28,500 – Belfast
Travers Smith LLP £46,500 £52,000 Please visit website
Vinson & Elkins RLLP £50,000 (2020) £55,000 (2020) £147,500 (2020)
Watson Farley & Williams £43,000 £46,000 £74,000
Wedlake Bell LLP £37,500 £39,500 £62,500
White & Case LLP £48,000 £53,000 £105,000