Osborne Clarke boosts trainee pay, ups maintenance grants

Bristol-based Osborne Clarke has upped its first and second year trainee solicitor salaries by more than five per cent and added 500 to its maintenance grants.

The firm, which hires around 20 trainees a year, has increased its first year London salaries from 34,000 to 36,000 and will now pay its second year trainees 38,000 – an increase of more than eight per cent.

It has also announced that it will be upping its GDL and LPC maintenance grants from 6,000 to 6,500 putting the firm ahead of rival Bristol firms Bond Pearce and Clarke Willmott. But the move still leaves the firm lagging behind Burges Salmon, which upped both its LPC and GDL grants to 7,000.

Simon Beswick, managing partner at Osborne Clarke, said in a statement: “Attracting trainees with the right mix of technical legal skills and commercial approach is business critical. As such, our priority is to ensure we offer trainees real hands-on and interesting work from day one alongside maintenance grants and pay rates in tune with our national and City peers.”

For more information on maintenance grants and trainee pay, check out the Lawyer2B.com salary index.