Stewarts revamps pay and benefits for all staff and lawyers

Stewarts Law has revamped its pay and incentives across the board for paralegals, associates and business services staff. 

The litigation-focused firm has boosted salaries for all staff, with employees receiving varying pay increases on a case-by-case basis. The firm declined to confirm exact figures. A spokesperson said the “individual pay awards will vary according to a number of factors”. 

New incentives for all staff include an extra day off on birthdays and private GP appointments.

The salary increase and latest incentives are part of Stewarts’ aim to increase retention and attract the best junior talent. It is understood the changes came into effect on 1 May. 

In a statement to The Lawyer, managing partner John Cahill said: “These enhancements in the pay and benefits arrangements at Stewarts Law reflect both our consistent commitment to offering competitive market rates of pay, and our determination to reward staff for the loyalty and expertise which drives the overall success of the practice.” 

He added: “Being a ‘good place to work’ is not just about salary – and that’s why we’ve also introduced additional benefits. 

“Our staff retention rates are already high, and we are very successful at attracting the best talent to contribute to our successful litigation only focus. These changes are intended to maintain and enhance those competitive advantages.”

Linklaters made similar changes to its salaries and benefits in March following a consultation process. The firm has added extra holiday, new bonuses and one day a week working from home for all qualified lawyers.

The changes also saw a pay boost at NQ level to £91,000 including bonuses and increased annual leave entitlements from 25 to 27 days. All staff will also be able to take an extra day off in the month of their birthday.