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Average Legal Salaries in the UK 2021

Everything you need to know about lawyer salaries and legal professional remuneration, helping you benchmark your salary, whether negotiating your pay or advancing your career.


We’re providing you the very latest information on average legal salaries and trends impacting remuneration. Whether you’re a legal assistant or law firm partner, our salary research is based on industry trends and the thousands of recruitment and job searches performed each year. We hope to provide you the information you need to negotiate your salary or land a new job.


The legal market is experiencing wide variances in growth, with many seeing double-digit growth (largely US firms) and others seeing declines due to the value of the pound and inability to provide services aligned to market demand. Those firms specialising in risk and compliance, IT, HR, finance and business change were best able to capitalise on market opportunities and experience growth.


More firms are moving their operations to regional hubs, resulting in lawyers and legal professionals either being moved or accelerating hiring outside of the Capital. This has increased legal salaries in the regions.


Demand for legal professionals continue to outstrip supply, resulting in opportunities for those looking to advance their careers. Average legal salaries are on the rise with those in corporate, commercial and construction law experiencing the strong prospects.


We’re bringing you the latest in legal salaries, keeping you informed about trends and factors that can impact your career. If you’re looking for a new job, consider browsing our current legal vacancies or registering as a candidate.

London Support Staff

Legal secretaries in London firms are being utilised in different ways from others. Secretaries in traditional firms are expected to operate dictation pools or float to cover multiple fee earners or entire departments. Many can expect to be designated to handling Senior Lawyers and Partners’ diary management and supporting them across their various non-fee earning functions.

London Solicitors

Solicitor salaries in London continue to rise, with solicitors with high billables or additional qualifications seeing the largest gains. Areas such as family, employment and private client have also seen an increase, where NQ salaries have generally remained the same.

Legal assistant salaries are continuing to rise, with corporate legal assistants seeing the highest gains from year to year. Senior legal assistants with over 3 years of experience are seeing even higher salaries.

Legal secretary salaries are remaining strong and those with longer tenure, larger company size and are in regional-based locations can expect to see higher salaries.


Paralegal salaries have increased as much as 5%, particularly in London, Manchester, Bristol, and Birmingham over the last year. Paralegals with residential conveyancing experience are seeing above-average salary increases due to the temporary change to stamp duty.

Legal executives who have gained Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) qualifications are generally seeing higher base salary offerings, and those that specialise in commercial property and residential conveyancing can expect even higher salaries.


Whilst solicitor salaries are continuing to increase, solicitors with high billables and transferable client bases are seeing the highest gains. Employment, commercial and tax are seeing the highest increases.


Large ranges in salary offerings continue to be the case for associate solicitors, with a rise being seen in regional offices. Stronger base salaries are seen for associates that oversee fee earners and support staff.


Partner salaries continue to grow as many firms turn healthy profits, with Magic Circle and international firms continuing to offer the highest renumeration. As more partners move to competitors outside of London, they are gaining substantial increases on their basic salary, bonuses, and additional benefits.

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