UK ranks 9th with £94k

Solicitors in Norway are among the best paid in Europe, according to a new survey, with an impressive average yearly salary of £112,490.

The fresh figures, compiled by law firm Wright Hassall, show the UK ranks a lowly 9th in the salary stakes with average earnings of £94,004 per year. But this is still comfortably above the average pay packet of £79,718 for a solicitor working in Europe’s 20 richest countries.

Denmark secures second spot, with an average yearly salary of £111,838, while Germany ranks third with £109,102 and Ireland fifth with earnings of £106,084.

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The salary research has been complied using data from range of sources including The Law Society of England and Wales and The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Researchers do, however, stress some countries have a higher cost of living and this should be taken into consideration when interpreting the figures.

Towards the bottom of the table, Czech Republic ranks as the fourth lowest, with a salary of £49,013, sitting just above Poland with an average pay packet of £44,195. The lowest paid solicitor roles are based in Russia, with an average income of just £18,037.

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