Salary Guide for Solicitors May 2024
in Salary Reviews

Salary Guide for Solicitors May 2024

Each month we publish a list of any salary levels we become aware of from employers in relation to jobs offered and salaries indicated. This list relates to solicitors, legal executives and other lawyers and tends to go on experience rather than qualification. For a discussion about salary levels for lawyers please contact us.

May 2024 Guide

These are the salaries we have had indicated by law firms to us for 3 years PQE and upwards. London figures in brackets where relevant.

In House Solicitor (General) – £80k – £120k (£85k-140k)
Commercial Litigation – £45-£65k (£50k-£90k)
Corporate Commercial – £50k-£150k (£65k-£175k)
Construction – £65k-£95k
Commercial Property – £55k-£85k
Insolvency – £55k-£75k
IP – £50k-£90k
Professional Negligence – £45k-£65k

High Street
Crime – £40-45k
Civil Litigation – £40k-£60k
Conveyancing £35k-£55k
Employment Solicitors – £35k-£55k
Family Solicitors – £35k-£50k
Immigration Lawyers – £35k-£45k
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence £30k-£55k
Property Litigation – £45k-£60k
Wills & Probate – £45k-£60k

Support Staff
Office Manager – £40-60k
Legal Cashier – £30-35k
Senior legal accounts professional – £35k-45k
Secretary – £22-28k
Paralegal – £22-27k

Candidate Salary Expectations

Candidate salary expectations are very often higher than salaries being paid to existing staff within a law firm with less than a £2 million turnover. We regularly view staff lists when valuing law firms via our business broker service, and the salaries being paid by law firms to existing staff are invariably lower than candidate salary expectations for similar roles. There is also a huge disparity at the moment between expectations for remote working from candidates compared with firms’ requirements.

Salary Level Assistance

If you would like assistance with salary levels, please contact our specialist permanent recruiter, Peter Gresty FIRP. Email

Jonathan Fagan

Jonathan Fagan LLM FIRP is Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment. He has been recruiting solicitors and legal support staff for law firms and in house legal departments for over 20 years and handles roles from junior fee earners through to partners and law firm sales/purchases. A non-practising solicitor on the Roll since 2000, he is also the author of a number of legal career books, which are available at You can contact Jonathan at