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NQ regional lawyers’ pay hits record high as Hogan Lovells rises to £70,000 in Birmingham

Exclusive: Increase of more than 30%

International outfit Hogan Lovells has confirmed legal cheek which pays its Newly Qualified (NQ) Solicitors in Birmingham now stands at £70,000.

The £53,000 increase equates to an additional £17,000, or 32%. Trainee pay currently sits at £32,000 in year one, rising to £35,000 in year two.

But the company only offers a handful of training contracts in Birmingham, with the vast majority of its roughly 50 trainees based in London each year. They earn £50,000 in year one and £55,000 in year two, and £107,500 when qualifying.

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The announcement follows a series of regional raises over the past few months, which began with DLA Piper announcing a pay rise to £65,000 for its regional recruits in February. Several companies have made their own decisions, including a raise to £61,000 at Pinsent Masons, a raise to £65,000 at Squire Patton Boggs and, most recently, Shoosmiths, which moved NQ’s salary to £58,000 in most from its regional offices.

Regional increases: who has increased so far?

Solidify Remuneration of trainees (1st year) Remuneration of trainees (2nd year) NQ Base Rate
Addleshaw Goddard Leeds and Manchester: £29,500; Scotland: £25,000 Leeds and Manchester: £32,000; Scotland: £28,000 Leeds and Manchester: £62,000; Scotland: £56,000
BCLP Manchester: £30,000 Manchester: £35,000 Manchester: £51,000
CMS Bristol: £41,500; Manchester and Sheffield: £30,000; Edinburgh and Glasgow: £26,775 Bristol: £42,525; Manchester and Sheffield: £33,075; Edinburgh and Glasgow: £29,925 Bristol: £61,000; Manchester and Sheffield: £51,750; Edinburgh and Glasgow: £51,750
Piper DLA All regional offices: £30,000 All regional offices: £33,000 All regional offices: £65,000
Evershed Sutherland All regional offices: £28,500 All regional offices: £31,000 All regional offices: £62,000
Hogan Lovells Birmingham: £32,000 Birmingham: £35,000 Birmingham: £70,000
Gowling WLG Birmingham: £29,000 Birmingham: £32,000 Birmingham: £52,000
Pinsent Masons All regional offices: £27,000 All regional offices: £30,000 All regional offices: £61,000
PRC Bristol: £35,000 Bristol: £36,000 Bristol: £56,000
Shoosmiths Regions: £28,500; Edinburgh: £26,500 Regions: £29,500; Edinburgh: £27,500 Regions: £58,000; Scotland: £54,500; Thames Valley: £63,800
Simmons & Simmons Bristol: £40,500 Bristol: £42,500 Bristol: £68,000
Squire Patton Boggs All regional offices: £30,000 All regional offices: £33,000 All regional offices: £65,000
Trowers & Hamlins All regional offices: £30,000 All regional offices: £32,000 All regional offices: £50,000