New qualifiers should wait two months for wage hike

Walker Morris’ Leeds headquarters

One of many greatest authorized employers in Yorkshire will preserve its newly-qualified (NQ) solicitors on trainee pay till November.

Walker Morris — which hires 15 trainees yearly — has delayed its NQ pay rise for a interval of two months, which means second 12 months trainees will proceed on £29,000 upon qualification in September.

Walker Morris confirmed to Authorized Cheek that it has retained 16 of its 18 autumn qualifying trainees. However the agency added that they’ll have to attend till November to earn an anticipated £44,000, as per our Firms Most List.

The agency says the NQ pay delay is in keeping with its deferral of all pay critiques — for companions, who’ve additionally agreed to defer revenue distributions (Walker Morris companions earn round £400,000 per 12 months), and workers — till November.

In a press release the agency mentioned:

“We now have seen companies and legislation corporations throughout the nation face difficulties because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, we’ve got retained 16 NQ positions out there to our 18 qualifying trainees — one in every of our largest cohorts ever — which reaffirms our place as one of many largest authorized graduate recruiters within the metropolis. While we proceed to spend money on our trainees and newly certified solicitors, we’ve got delayed our NQ pay rise for 2 months.”

It continued:

“We’re most likely higher positioned than most corporations to see this out, however even the strongest corporations are going through vital challenges if this continues. We imagine the steps we’ve got taken are an acceptable and proportionate response to a rare scenario. Actions have been taken to preserve money to provide us the most effective alternative to return by way of in the most effective form for the advantage of all of us, companions, workers and purchasers alike.”

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Different corporations have taken steps to curb the monetary fallout introduced on by the coronavirus.

Travers Smith has deferred all wage critiques and diminished its annual firm-wide bonuses.

A Travers Smith spokesperson mentioned: “Given the present unsure situations, we’ve got deferred all wage critiques till later within the 12 months and have awarded firm-wide bonuses albeit at a diminished price.”

They added:

“The previous couple of months have seen buying and selling situations not like any we’ve got seen beforehand; nonetheless, the agency continues to carry out properly and the measures we’ve got put in place assist us guarantee prudent money administration throughout this era.”

Back in April, the agency deferred companion revenue distributions and diminished month-to-month drawings. It furloughed a small variety of workers, “principally these performing entrance of home, put up room and hospitality roles”, however confirmed at the moment that it has not made use of the federal government’s Job Retention Scheme and that “everybody has been stored on full pay all through”.

In the meantime, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) introduced this week that it’s going to axe 19 fee-earners and 26 enterprise providers workers in its London workplace. BCLP additionally shuttered in Beijing.

The agency can also be decreasing pay cuts for workers and legal professionals incomes greater than $40,000 (£32,000) to 7.5%. BCLP previously imposed a 15% reduce throughout its places of work in Could for an preliminary 13-week interval. The brand new pay reduce will apply from August till the top of the 12 months.

In a joint assertion BCLP co-chairs Lisa Mayhew and Steve Baumer mentioned:

“After exceeding efficiency expectations through the first half of this extraordinary 12 months, we’re happy to start rolling again wage reductions necessitated through the worst of the pandemic situations.

“Wanting forward, we plan to proceed taking proactive steps to offer as a lot readability as we are able to to all our colleagues and to make sure our agency is greatest positioned shifting ahead. Whereas a troublesome resolution to make, we imagine the restricted changes to our workforce are in the most effective curiosity of our purchasers, our enterprise, and our individuals for the long-term.”

BCLP beforehand reduced NQ wedge by 2.5% to £78,000.

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