Milbank bids up associate pay as surprise moves takes City associates to new $190k benchmark

Milbank bids up associate pay as surprise moves takes City associates to new $190k benchmark

Despite much talk of client pressure on fees the determination to recruit top associates continues to build with one leading New York firm this week jolting the industry by announcing a record pay scale for its US and City associates.

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy on Monday (4 June) announced that its associates will earn between $190,000 and $330,000 from 1 July. Continue reading “Milbank bids up associate pay as surprise moves takes City associates to new $190k benchmark”

Gender diversity: pay gaps revealed at Addleshaw Goddard, Mishcon de Reya and Gowling WLG

Gender diversity: pay gaps revealed at Addleshaw Goddard, Mishcon de Reya and Gowling WLG

A fuller picture of the legal industry’s gender pay gap issue is emerging as Addleshaw Goddard, Mishcon de Reya and Gowling WLG become the latest firms to reveal big earnings disparities.

Gender pay brackets at Addleshaw – published Tuesday (13 March) ahead of the 4 April deadline required by legislation brought in last year – reveal the firm paid its male staff on average 43.2% more in bonuses than women for the year to 5 April 2017. The median bonus figure was 33.3%. Continue reading “Gender diversity: pay gaps revealed at Addleshaw Goddard, Mishcon de Reya and Gowling WLG”

Gender diversity: Allen & Overy faring better than rivals as it reveals 20% pay gap

Gender diversity: Allen & Overy faring better than rivals as it reveals 20% pay gap

Allen & Overy has become the latest magic circle firm to reveal the sizeable gulf between male and female employee earnings.

The firm on Monday (12 March) published its figures for gender pay brackets ahead of the 4 April deadline required by legislation brought in last year. Continue reading “Gender diversity: Allen & Overy faring better than rivals as it reveals 20% pay gap”

For what they’re worth – Links, 2Birds and Pinsents among law firms disclosing chunky gender pay gaps

For what they’re worth – Links, 2Birds and Pinsents among law firms disclosing chunky gender pay gaps

The UK’s top law firms have begun disclosing figures on gender pay gaps, with an initial round of numbers showing City giant Linklaters has the biggest gulf between male and female earnings.

The Magic Circle firm on Wednesday (7 February) published its figures for gender pay bands, as required under legislation introduced last year, which showed Linklaters paid its male staff members nearly 60% more in bonuses than women. The firm’s female employees were paid on average 23.2% less than male colleagues. The gap widened to 39.1% when the median figure was considered. Continue reading “For what they’re worth – Links, 2Birds and Pinsents among law firms disclosing chunky gender pay gaps”

Slaughters unveils five-figure bonus awards as junior lawyers’ pay edges higher

Slaughters unveils five-figure bonus awards as junior lawyers’ pay edges higher

In the latest sign of pressure to secure the best young talent, Slaughter and May has confirmed it is to pay five-figure bonuses to many associates amid modest salary rises for junior lawyers.

Slaughters today (13 December) announced that associates achieving ‘a good or exceptional level of performance’ will receive a bonus ranging between 9% and 16% of salary, broadly matching the rates the City leader paid out last year. Continue reading “Slaughters unveils five-figure bonus awards as junior lawyers’ pay edges higher”

A dramatic break with lockstep for Freshfields but will it be enough to galvanise the City giant?

A dramatic break with lockstep for Freshfields but will it be enough to galvanise the City giant?

Nathalie Tidman assesses the Magic Circle firm’s high-stakes partnership shake-up

‘Freshfields has overhauled its partnership for two reasons – to mollify restive partners in leveraged finance and private equity – and to make it moderately easier to recruit in the US,’ notes one former partner. ‘It’s insufficient for both of these purposes.’ Continue reading “A dramatic break with lockstep for Freshfields but will it be enough to galvanise the City giant?”

Goodbye lockstep – HSF latest City leader to give richer rewards for rainmakers

Goodbye lockstep – HSF latest City leader to give richer rewards for rainmakers

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has backed a shake-up of its partnership that will boost top performers’ earnings by a third, hiking plateau equity shares from 100 to 130 points.

The move substantially lengthens its core pay ‘ladder’ and paves the way for top City earners to take home well over £1.5m with bonuses. The overhaul comes just weeks after Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer voted through similar reforms. Continue reading “Goodbye lockstep – HSF latest City leader to give richer rewards for rainmakers”

Profitability drive sees DAC Beachcroft hike bonuses to incentivise top performers

Profitability drive sees DAC Beachcroft hike bonuses to incentivise top performers

DAC Beachcroft will reward top-performing partners with more generous bonuses after the top-25 Legal Business 100 firm voted through changes to its remuneration structure.

The national firm has introduced the new bonus scheme with immediate effect following a full governance review, removing a cap on the level of profit going into its merit pool to allow for more flexibility in remuneration. Continue reading “Profitability drive sees DAC Beachcroft hike bonuses to incentivise top performers”

Squaring the Circle: A&O and CC confirm more details as associate pay is stoked higher

Squaring the Circle: A&O and CC confirm more details as associate pay is stoked higher

A little more light has emerged on the going rate for junior lawyers at the Magic Circle, with Allen & Overy (A&O) and Clifford Chance (CC) this week confirming more details on their new pay scales.

A&O confirmed that it has increased its pay bands for junior lawyers, with newly-qualified (NQ) solicitors earning £81,000 in salary, a 3% rise on the previous rate of £78,500. As a result of the revamp, first-year trainees will earn £44,000, rising to £49,000 in year two. The City giant has disclosed no details on bonus awards. Continue reading “Squaring the Circle: A&O and CC confirm more details as associate pay is stoked higher”

Freshfields freezes associate pay bands after 2016 largesse but battle for top juniors to intensify

Freshfields freezes associate pay bands after 2016 largesse but battle for top juniors to intensify

Amid a simmering market for junior City lawyers, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has opted to hold the line on associate salaries following a round of bumper increases in 2016.

Newly-qualified (NQ) solicitors at the Magic Circle firm currently earn £85,000. This rate was established last year when the City giant substantially overhauled its comp structure to hike base salaries from £67,500 to £85,000, a 26% rise. The increase included the rolling in of bonuses, though overall compensation was also increased.

Continue reading “Freshfields freezes associate pay bands after 2016 largesse but battle for top juniors to intensify”