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Whilst London awards its employees high training contract salaries, that’s not to say that you won’t be well-paid elsewhere. Completing your training contract in another city like Bristol, Birmingham or Manchester means that, often, you’ll take on more responsibility earlier on.

Bristol

There are examples of training contract salaries in Bristol, a charming riverside city in the west of England.

Law FirmFirst YearSecond Year
Ashfords£29,000£30,000
BLM£22,000£23,000
Browne Jacobson£26,000£27,000
Burges Salmon £36,000£37,000
CMS£38,000£40,000
DAC Beachcroft£35,000£37,000
Foot Anstey£30,000£32,000
Irwin Mitchell£26,500£28,500
RPC£35,000£36,000
Simmons & Simmons£39,000£40,000
TLT£32,000£34,000
Osbourne Clarke£35,340£36,500
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Birmingham

There are examples of the salary a trainee will receive working in Birmingham, England’s second-largest city located in the midlands.

Law FirmFirst YearSecond Year
DLA Piper£28,000£31,000
Gowling WLG£28,000£31,000
Irwin Mitchell£26,500£28,500
Squire Patton Boogs£26,000£28,000
Pinsent Masons£27,000£30,000
VWV£23,000£25,000

Leeds

Leeds is a vibrant and creative city in the north of England. Here are some of the salaries offered at firms here.

Law FirmFirst YearSecond Year
Addleshaw Goddard£27,500£29,500
DLA Piper£28,000£31,000
Irwin Mitchell£26,500£28,500
Mills & Reeve£26,500£28,000
Pinsent Masons£27,000£30,000
Squire Patton Boggs£26,000£28,000
Walker Morris£27,000£29,000

London

Of course, the capital is where you’ll find the highest training contract salaries. But this comes hand in hand with higher rental prices. Below are some examples of salaries to expect at London firms.

Law FirmFirst YearSecond Year
Allen & Overy (MC)£46,500£46,500
Bird & Bird (City)£40,000£44,000
Cleary Gottlieb (US)£50,000£55,000
Clifford Chance (MC)£48,000£54,000
Dentons (City)£44,000£46,000
Gowling WLG (City£40,500£44,000
Kirkland & Ellis (US)£50,000£55,000
Macfarlanes (City)£44,000£49,000
Slaughter and May (MC)£45,000£51,000
Travers Smith (US) £46,500£52,000
Weil, Gotshal & Manges (US) £50,000£55,000

Manchester

There are examples of the salary a trainee solicitor will receive working in Manchester, another northern major city with a rich history.

Law FirmFirst YearSecond Year
Addleshaw Goddard£27,500£29,500
Clyde & Co£26,500£28,500
CMS£28,000£30,000
Kennedys£27,500£30,000
Leigh Day£25,600£27,600
TLT£28,000£30,000
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