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2018 Legal Salary Guide


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Legal salary ranges for 2018 in Ireland across in-house and private practice jobs.


Legal Salaries in In House | Legal Salaries in Private Practice

Commentary on Legal Roles and Remuneration in Ireland for 2018

Legal Salaries in In House

Role Years' Experience Dublin
Head of Legal 7+ 120k - 300k 100k - 275k 100k - 225k 90k - 200k 100k - 250k
Senior Lawyer 5+ 80k - 150k 80k - 140k 70k - 120k 65k - 100k 70k - 120k
Lawyer 1 - 3 45k - 80k 45k - 65k 42k - 60k 38k - 48k 42k - 60k
3 - 5 80k - 110k 65k - 90k 60k - 85k 48k - 70k 60k - 85k
Newly Qualified Solicitor 0 - 1 45k - 70k 42k - 60k 35k - 50k 35k - 45k 35k - 50k
Junior Company Secretary 0 - 3 30k - 60k 25k - 55k 32k - 45k 30k - 40k 32k - 45k
Company Secretary 3+ 55k - 90k 45k - 75k 45k - 55k 35k - 45k 45k - 55k

Legal Salaries in Private Practice

Role Years' Experience Dublin
Solicitor 1 - 3 45k - 85k 42k - 70k 37k - 50k 35k - 45k 37k - 50k
3 - 5 85k - 95k 70k - 80k 50k - 70k 45k - 65k 50k - 70k
5+ 95k - 130k 80k - 120k 70k - 100k 65k - 90k 70k - 100k
Newly Qualified Solicitor 0 - 1 40k - 68k 36k - 55k 35k - 45k 32k - 42k 35k - 45k
Company Secretary 1 - 2 42k - 55k 40k - 52k 40k - 45k 30k - 40k 40k - 45k
2 - 4 55k - 70k 52k - 60k 45k - 50k 40k - 50k 45k - 50k

Commentary on Legal Roles and Remuneration in Ireland for 2018

Legal recruitment in Ireland was buoyant throughout 2017. Demand was strong in both the industry and practice sectors where legal professionals have been highly sought after at almost all levels. This is due to organisations looking to bring legal positions in house, increased regulation in areas such as privacy, financial instruments and the movement of legal positions to Ireland off the back of Brexit and foreign direct investment. 

In industry, solicitors with commercial contracts experience have become a hot commodity for technology and pharmaceutical companies. In financial services the most sought-after professionals are those with extensive funds and aircraft leasing experience. 

Legal is an ever-growing area for companies as regulatory frameworks are becoming more complex especially with the GDPR coming to effect next year which will affect any operation with connections to the European market. We are seeing a number of professional job seekers interested in knowing about how they can upskill in privacy and also salaries associated with this niche.

Similar to last year for Irish law firms, there is a notable shortage of available talent across all levels. The growth of legal teams and the struggle to retain experienced professionals has produced favourable opportunities for professionals to progress within a firm. In practice firms; experience in corporate, privacy, information technology, M&A transactions and financial services is highly sought after. Many firms are looking to expand their leadership and are keen to speak with experienced professionals who are keen to progress to partner level. 

Our expectation last year was that salaries would increase in the legal market and this proved to be the case. We saw an uplift of between 5% to 10% in some cases and some professional job seekers were effectively given external promotions (moving from their current business to a more senior position with another organisation) which is something that had been rarely seen in the past.

Company secretarial roles in particular werein high demand in 2017 and we expect it will remain the same in 2018, with salaries naturally following in an upward trend. Due to the shortage of available professionals, companies are favourably compensating their current employees in this area. Organisations need to act quickly to hire active talent in this sector and need to have a strong value proposition to differentiate from competing firms; including remuneration, improved benefits packages and transparency around career development potential.

Sentiment in legal recruitment remains positive and we anticipate that as demand will remain strong throughout 2018, salaries will also follow suit in an upward trajectory. Organisations that are able to differentiate their offering from a benefits, career development and flexibility perspective will also continue to win in this highly competitive landscape.

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