Salary Guide

Salary levels for newly qualified solicitors vary by firm and by location. While we would never suggest you decide your next move on money alone, it can often be a contributory factor in peoples’ decision-making.

In London

Range (£)

US Law Firm

80,000 - 100,000 + bonus

Top UK firms

61,000 - 65,000 + bonus

Medium sized UK firm

58,000 - 60,000

Smaller/niche firms

35,000 - 53,000

In-house - corporates
Opportunities are rare at the newly qualified level but the corporates pay around £38,000 - £45,000 + benefits.

In-house - banks
The roles are principally in derivatives/capital markets. Salaries are in the range of £55,000 - £65,000 + bonus.

In the regions
Salary levels across the larger cities are very similar but vary according to size of firm:

Range (£)

Large national practices

38,000 - 43,000

Medium sized practices

33,000 - 37,000

Smaller practices

28,000 - 32,000

There are a small number of firms who have headquarters in London with branch offices in Surrey, Berkshire and Oxfordshire that pay London rates of up to £56,000.