Magic Circle law firm Lovells is determined to
retain its junior lawyers, even if it has to pay
them less per hour than the average London
A newly qualified lawyer told RollOnFriday
that the invitation to work a three-month
contract at Lovell on a major piece of litigation
quickly soured on learning the rate of pay being
offered, and that she would be better off
working behind a bar – or maybe even as a
cleaner for the law firm.
To the further dismay of the recently
qualified lawyer, she believes Lovells was
prepared to offer a permanent job off the back
of the contract position – leaving many
wondering if the firm was also prepared to retain
the pathetic hourly rate.
But a Lovells spokesperson defended the
rate of pay, stating that the firm had no intention
of the roles leading to permanent positions and
that “the positions pay at a rate commensurate
with the level of legal expertise required and
current market conditions”.
Still, at £9 an hour to do a bunch of
photocopying, perhaps the lawyer in question
would have a better chance of gaining
experience at the pub. She might earn a pound
or two extra an hour too.