Associates at Slaughter and May will receive salary increases of up to 10% as of January 2017 following a major review of the firm’s pay structure, as well as options for working from home and a paid sabbatical. Continue reading “Slaughters seeks to maintain no billable hours culture with associate pay revamp”
The remaining Magic Circle firms with a US presence have now matched Cravath, Swain & Moore‘s associate bonus payouts with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters the latest to send out memos, following Clifford Chance (CC) and Allen & Overy (A&O).
Magic Circle firms Allen & Overy (A&O) and Clifford Chance (CC) have stepped up to match bonus levels rewarded by leading Wall Street firms. Continue reading “US bonuses: CC and A&O match Cravath reward of up to $100,000 for associates”
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has reviewed its associate salaries and will pay junior lawyers according to exchange rates in light of a volatile pound. This means the firm’s London-based newly-qualified (NQ) lawyers will see salaries swell to $180,000, which at current exchange rates is nearly £150,000.
In a bid to compete with its US rivals, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Clifford Chance have followed in the footsteps of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, matching the salaries of its US-based associates, bringing pay to $180,000.
Predictions of a pay war have proved correct after four US firms followed Cravath, Swaine & Moore into bumping up their associate pay.
NQs at Freshfields receiving £17.5k extra
Newly-qualified (NQ) solicitors at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have received the largest bump in pay of the Magic Circle so far this year, taking home around 25% more than last year.
At Freshfields, NQ pay packets have been boosted by an extra £17,500 after the firm announced it would be folding in its discretionary bonuses, with pay set to rise 26% to £85,000 on last year’s figure of £67,500. The move follows a freeze last year.
Newly-qualified UK lawyers at Shearman & Sterling will see salaries pushed up £7,000 to £95,000 this year as City salaries soar. Rises of between 7% and 10% have been dished out across the associate ranks, with more experienced associates set to trouser up to £12,000 extra a year. The salary increases took effect from 1 May, 2016.
Law firms are increasingly obsessed with the challenge of engaging their Millennial associates. Legal Business separates buzzword from BS
Just what is it that you want to do?
We wanna be free.
We wanna be free to do what we wanna do.
LOADED, PRIMAL SCREAM
It was a very different legal market in 2007 when Simon Harper and a group of colleagues at Berwin Leighton Paisner geared up for the launch of Lawyers On Demand (LOD). Amid boom time for legal services, few knew what to make of a flexi-lawyering business. Working on initial marketing, the idea was hit upon to draw on the famous freedom refrain from Primal Scream’s 1990 song Loaded (actually a sample from the cult film The Wild Angels). The intent was to reach a new generation of lawyers: a generation that in law and in other industries would increasingly be known as Millennials. The impact was immediate, recalls Harper. ‘What made LOD fly was the changing attitudes to work. Some of the CVs we got were amazing.’
We know there is a lot of talk about the new generation of associates, how entitled and short term they are, and that either you or a colleague has been talking about what to do about the kids.