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RPC abolishes flat-rate salary for newly-qualified solicitors

City firm to move junior lawyers to structure based on merit and market rates.

RPC has taken the final steps to adopting an entirely merit-driven pay model as it last month announced that it will abolish the traditional flat-rate salary for newly-qualified solicitors (NQs) in the UK and move to a system linked to merit and market rates from September 2014.

In a move said to take into account what is happening in other sectors and the pressures that clients are under to achieve value, the firm will operate a variable pay scale where the strongest NQs entering their careers ‘in the most competitive areas of the profession’, will be eligible to earn salaries above those currently offered by major City firms, a firm statement said.