A London Piper celebrates.
DLA Piper has hiked its London office NQ pay from £95,000 to £100,000.
The decision to increase NQ pay by 5% comes a week after ROF revealed that BCLP had increased its NQ pay from £95,000 to £105,000.
The international firm's raise leaves market competitor Eversheds Sutherland lagging on £95k. ROF asked the 'Shed if it would be matching, but it didn't respond in time for publication - nonetheless, expect to see it following suit soon.
NQs based in DLA Piper’s regional offices receive less than their London counterparts: their pay is increasing from £65k to £68.5k.
Disparity between pay in the City and in the regions has grown as a source of tension within firms which have a national UK presence. The post-pandemic WFH-era has fuelled a suspicion that lots of London lawyers are living outside the capital, relaxing in their home office, frolicking in the garden, sipping gin, and generally enjoying weighted London pay without paying London prices.
Justification for regional pay variations “is increasingly unsustainable” said a senior solicitor at Capsticks responding for RollOnFriday's Best Law Firms to Work At 2023, “i.e. if you WFH but you’re not ‘based’ at the London office, we will pay you less than someone based in another office even though you do exactly the same work from your bedroom WFH as everyone else…”
However, that particular gripe wasn't given much airplay by survey respondents from DLA Piper, who actually credited their firm for nudging up regional pay by a respectable amount.
“DLA addressed the widely voiced concerns over regional pay and gave a substantial raise earlier this year”, commented a junior lawyer in relation to the firm's 2022 NQ pay rise.
“Leading the sub-Magic Circle firms in bumping us regional lot up was much appreciated”, said another junior lawyer at DLA Piper, adding, “my friends at other firms now use us as the benchmark”.