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Gouldens will be the highest paying U.K. law firm when it increases its newly qualified solicitors’ pay to $71,820 (�50,000) a year. The increase this month comes just weeks after the firm topped-up their salaries to $64,638 (�45,000). Gouldens managing partner Charters Macdonald-Brown said its lawyers pay reflects their contribution to the firm. This latest rise will step up the pressure on top London firms to give greater financial rewards. A source at Linklaters & Alliance, says: “Newly qualified lawyers are being paid �42,000 [about $60,429] a year, and after six months that figure is raised to �45,800 [$65,787] and this is likely to be reviewed very soon. Slaughter & May is currently considering increasing salaries to $68,947 (�48,000). Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance pay their newly qualifieds almost $60,329 (�42,000).

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