Cleary Gottlieb NQs get bumper pay rise to £105,000

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has handed its newly-qualified (NQ) solicitors a 9 per cent pay rise.

NQs at the US firm will now be paid £105,000 – up from its 2015 salary of £96,000.

The salary for first-year trainees has risen by an even greater amount with a 14 per cent rise from £42,000 to £48,000. Second years now take home £52,000.

Last month, the firm announced that it was keeping on all nine of its qualifying trainees.

Further up the seniority scale, associates of 1PQE will also receive £105,000.

Lawyers of 2PQE not get £112,000 and 3PQEs take home £125,000.

Despite the large pay increases, Cleary, which currently has 18 trainees, does not come close to matching the top of the market, where the likes of Cadwalader Wickersham & TaftKirkland & Ellis, Milbank Tweed, Latham & Watkins and Davis Polk now pay NQs in the region of £124,000, matching the spate of New York salary rises instigated by Cravath Swaine & Moore in June.


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