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Law Firm Salary Index

Go on, admit it: you’re pretty interested in how much you could earn as a solicitor. We’ve compiled a list of the starting trainee solicitor salaries on offer at some of the top law firms in the UK. Although we try to be accurate, salaries may vary from those shown and this table should only be used as a guide.

Law Firms LPC
Fees
LPC
Grant
GDL
Fees
GDL
Grant
Starting
Salary
Addleshaw Goddard (London)Yes£7,000Yes£7,000£37,000
Addleshaw Goddard (Manchester)Yes£4,500Yes£4,500£25,000
Akin GumpYes£8,000Yes£8,000£43,000
Allen & OveryYes£7,000Yes£7,000£42,000
Ashurst LLPYes£6,500Yes£6,500£41,000
Baker & McKenzie LLPYes£8,000Yes£6,000£42,000
Berwin Leighton PaisnerYes£7,200Yes£7,200£40,000
Bird & BirdYes£5,000Yes£5,000£36,000
Bond DickinsonYes£6,000Yes£6,000Competitive
Bristows LLPYes£7,000Yes£7,000£36,000
Brown Jacobson (Midlands)Yes£5,000Yes£5,000£25,500
Burges SalmonYes£7,000Yes£7,000£34,750
Cleary GottliebYes£8,000Yes£8,000£42,000
Clifford ChanceYes£7,000Yes£7,000£42,300
CMS Cameron McKenna (Bristol)Yes£7,500Yes£7,500£32,000
CMS Cameron McKenna (London)Yes£7,500Yes£7,500£40,000
CMS Cameron McKenna (Scotland)Yes£7,500Yes£7,500£22,500
Dechert LLPYes£10,000No£10,000£41,000
Dentons (London)Yes£6,000No£6,000£40,000
Dentons (Outside London)Yes£5,000Yes£5,000£40,000
DLA Piper (English Regions)Yes£7,000Yes£7,000£27,000
DLA Piper (London)Yes£7,000Yes£7,000£40,000
DLA Piper (Scotland)Yes£7,000Yes£7,000£24,000
DWF LLP (London)YesUnknownYesUnknown£36,000
DWF LLP (Other)YesUnknownYesUnknown£25,000
Farrer & CoYes£6,000Yes£6,000£35,000
Field Fisher WaterhouseYes£6,000Yes£5,500£37,500
FreshfieldsYes£7,000Yes£7,250£41,000
Herbert Smith Freehills Yes£6,000Yes£6,000£42,000
Hogan Lovells Yes£7,000Yes£8,000£42,000
Holman Fenwick WillanYesUnknownYesUnknown£36,000
Ince & Co (London)Yes£7,000Yes£6,500£36,000
Irwin Mitchell (London)Yes£4,500Yes£4,500£36,000
Irwin Mitchell (Other)Yes£4,500Yes£4,500£25,000
King & Wood MallesonsYes£7,250Yes£7,250£39,250
Latham & WatkinsYes£8,000Yes£8,000£42,000
Lewis SilkinYes£6,000Yes£6,000£34,000
Macfarlanes LLP (London)Yes£7,000Yes£7,000£38,000
Mayer Brown LLP (London & Guildford)Yes£7,000Yes£7,000£37,500
Michelmores (Bristol)Yes£5,000Yes£5,000£27,000
Michelmores (Exeter)Yes£5,000Yes£5,000£22,000
Nabarro (London)Yes£7,000Yes£6,000£37,000
Nabarro (Sheffield)Yes£6,000Yes£5,000£25,000
Norton Rose FulbrightYes£7,000Yes£6,000£41,000
O’Melveny & MyersYes£8,000Yes£8,000£41,000
OlswangYesUnknownYesUnknown£37,000
OrrickYes£7,000Yes£7,000£38,000
Osborne Clarke (Bristol)Yes£6,500Yes£6,500£32,000
Osborne Clarke (London & Thames Valley)Yes£6,500Yes£6,500£36,000
Penningtons (London)Yes£5,000No£0£33,000
Penningtons (Other)Yes£5,000No£0£26,500
PwC LegalYes£7,000Yes£6,000Competitive
Reed SmithYes£7,000Yes£6,000£38,500
RosenblattYes£6,000Yes£6,000£35,000
RPC (London)Yes£7,000Yes£7,000£37,000
Shearman & SterlingYes£8,000Yes£8,000£45,000
Shoosmiths LLPYes£14,000Yes£12,000£24,000
Sidley Austin LLPYes£7,000Yes£7,000£44,000
Simmons & Simmons (London)YesUnknownYesUnknown£40,000
Skadden ArpsYes£8,000Yes£8,000£42,000
Slaughter and MayYesUnknownYesUnknown£41,000
Taylor WessingYesUnknownYesUnknown£38,000
Veale Wasbrough VizardsYesUnknownYesUnknown£23,000
Weil Gotshal & MangesYes£8,000Yes£8,000£46,000
White & CaseYes£7,500Yes£7,500£44,000
WithersYesUnknownYesUnknown£34,000