Clifford Chance leaves Slaughters behind with whopping pay rises
03 June 2016
has given pay rises of over £20,000 to some of its associates, with 1PQEs potentially earning £95,000.
Trainee salaries are rising, too. First years will be on £43,500, up from £42,000. Second years will be on £49,000, up from £47,300.
The firm has adopted the same method of presenting its rises as Linklaters
which, as RollOnFriday revealed in March
, has decided to wrap up the bonus figure with the salary figure to give a total compensation figure. It makes CC and Links' numbers look very good compared to the rest of the Magic Circle, since Allen & Overy
and Slaughter and May
state bald salary figures, not inclusive of bonuses.
Backdated to 1 May, NQ pay increases from a salary of £70,000 to a total compensation figure (i.e. salary and bonus) of £85,000. At 1PQE level, lawyers move from a salary of £75,500 to total compensation of £95,000. Those are both on a par with Freshfields, whose figures don't include a bonus. But Clifford Chance London Managing Partner David Bickerton said that "the vast majority of junior lawyers
" will receive the CC bonus. Called a "Binary Bonus
", it will be based on an assessment of whether the juniors are acquiring "the skills and good habits of an exceptional lawyer".
Above 1PQE, the firm has published two sets of figures, one for lawyers who have made a "Good contribution
" to the firm's success and those who have made an "Exceptional contribution"
. The firm is following the approach taken by Freshfields, which has split its bands
into 'Median Performers' and 'High Performers'. In a subtle jab at its rival, CC's version doesn't have 'Median' performers, beginning at 'Good' instead.
The result is that Clifford Chance's 2PQEs move from a salary of £88,000 to total compensation of £100,000 if they're 'Good', and £119,000 if they're 'Excellent'. 3PQEs move from a salary of £98,500 to total compensation of £111,000 if they're 'Good', and £130,00 if they're 'Excellent'.
RollOnFriday takes the figures in the middle of the two bands. Here's how it looks:
|Allen & Overy
|Slaughter and May
*Figure includes bonus, so give the others some leeway, ok?
Illustrating why its lawyers might deserve the pay, CC also announced an expansion of its remote working pilot scheme to enable associates to work anywhere at any time. "It is already the case that many of our lawyers work out of standard working hours to support our clients," said Bickerton, "and therefore we see working remotely not as a perk, but as removing a barrier to effective client service". CC says a portion of their salary is for a "technology boost" with lawyers expected to "invest in technology" on top of the laptops the firm provides them so that they can "work effectively remotely". Thereby bringing about by their own hand a dystopian nightmare in which their inbox is projected onto the backs of their eyelids and clients can shout directly into their brains.
||"I invested in MindBuzz. It uses my pain receptors to combat fatigue!"
Allen & Overy set the pack running when it hiked salaries enormously last year. A significant leap toward the amounts on offer from US firms, the others have now all followed suit. Except Slaughters, whose lawyers told RollOnFriday it should have jumped higher. Perhaps it will dole out bonuses which close the gap.