The decision by Milbank to raise its junior lawyer salary to $200,000 has had an impact worldwide, as numerous rivals clamoured to match or even outdo the latest hikes in junior pay.

More than 25 law firms have now updated their rates in the U.K., where the ripple effect has touched almost all parts of the commercial legal industry, with Magic Circle, transatlantic, U.K.-centric and boutique firms all announcing changes.