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Salary wars: Allen & Overy latest to pay $180,000 to New York juniors

Written by: Richard Simmons
Published on: 19 Jun 2016

Salary wars article

Allen & Overy has raised its salaries for New York associates to match the Cravath pay scale.

Cravath raised its salaries for first year associates to $180,000 earlier this month, prompting a host of firms to follow suit.

Among the magic circle, Clifford Chance has already hiked its salaries in New York to match Cravath.

The news means Allen & Overy’s New York lawyers will earn far more than their London counterparts. The firm brought in external help to review its salaries last year. Newly-qualifieds in London are paid £78,500. Associates with one year of post-qualification experience (1PQEs) receive £92,000 while 2PQE associates currently take home £104,500. The firm’s London pay rises for 2016 have not yet been announced, however.

Firms that have increased pay for London newly qualified solicitors to £124,000, equivalent to the US $180,000 pay scale, include Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, Latham & Watkins, Milbank Tweed and Kirkland & Ellis.

A&O Class Year Base Salary
2016 $180,000
2015 $180,000
2014 $190,000
2013 $210,000
2012 $235,000
2011 $260,000
2010 $280,000
2009 $300,000
2008 $315,000