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DLA raises pay for NQ lawyers: 95,000 in London, 65,000 in the regions

Up 8% and 35%

DLA Piper has become the latest major legal player to raise the salaries of its most junior lawyers.

The international giant has raised base rates for Newly Qualified (NQ) Associates in London from £88,000 to £95,000, an increase of 8%.

Meanwhile, NQs in the company’s regional offices – Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield – will see their salaries rise by 35 per cent, from £48,000 to £65,000.

the legal cheek The 2022 list of most companies shows that the salary for trainees in London currently stands at £46,000 in the first year, rising to £51,000 in the second year. Regional recruits earn £30,000, rising to £33,000.

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Liam Cowell, UK Managing Partner of DLA Piper, said:

“The firm has carried out an interim salary review for our UK lawyers which came into effect in January 2022. This is a first step towards implementing a new, more holistic and value-based approach compensation decisions, aimed at fairly rewarding the contribution of our lawyers. lawyers on all sites. This is an interim review and our regular annual salary review will also take place in July this year. »

The new raises put the firm’s London recruits on a par with those of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, CMS and Norton Rose Fulbright, and just £5,000 behind those of magic circle outfit Freshfields.

The firm recruits approximately 65 articling students each year and earned an A for training in our latest Articling and Young Lawyer survey.

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