Salaries for newly qualified solicitors up by 4% in 2019

Average salaries for newly qualified solicitors increased by four per cent between 2018 and 2019, according to analysis of positions secured for candidates by BCL Legal*.

In 2019, the average starting salary for solicitor-level appointments offered to candidates who qualified in 2019 or 2018 was £40,890. This represented an uplift of £1,631 on the average starting salary of £39,259 offered in 2018 to solicitors who had qualified within two years of being appointed.

Forty-seven per cent of newly qualified roles that offered staring salaries of £50,000 or more in 2019 were based in London, and all were either with international or national firms, or in-house. This contrasts with 2018 when London accounted for 33 per cent of BCL Legal’s £50,000-plus newly qualified placements, with Bristol providing 50 per cent of that year’s best-paying newly qualified roles for BCL’s candidates.

In 2019 the median salary for newly qualified solicitors was £41,000, up from £40,000 in 2018. With very few exceptions, the positions in the top half of the salary distribution were in business or property law, working either in-house or for national or international firms.

The lower half of the salary table was dominated by high street, regional and boutique firms based in the North and the Midlands.

Salaries NQ 2019

*Analysis of 184 NQ appointments made in 2018 and 170 NQ appointments made in 2019.

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