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Salary wars: Linklaters matches Cravath to pay $180,000 in New York

Written by: Richard Simmons
Published on: 22 Jun 2016

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Linklaters has matched the ‘Cravath’ scale and will pay its first year associates $180,000 in New York, equivalent to around £124,000.

Cravath raised its salaries earlier this month, prompting a host of firms to follow suit, including the other magic circle firms based in New York, Clifford Chance, Allen & Overy and Freshfields.

However, London lawyers will not be paid as much as their New York peers. Linklaters newly qualified solicitors in the City receive somewhere in the region of £91,000, depending on their performance.


In March, Linklaters announced a raft of changes to its salaries, bonuses and benefits in a bid to create a sustainable and attractive recruitment and retention model.

The changes includes extra holiday, added bonuses and one day a week working from home for all qualified lawyers.