Legal Services

At Abacus the goal is simple, enjoy our work and help talented people find great opportunities.

We have created our most comprehensive guide on pay and reward in the Belfast marketplace for 2021.

The tables below provide guidance on basic salary levels for a range of positions. No consideration of benefits, bonuses or other emoluments are included in these ranges. The information has been summarised
by the Legal Recruitment team at Abacus Careers and is based upon salary information provided by candidates in-post throughout 2020.

Legal Services


Qualified Solicitors Support & Non Qualified Non-Practice and In-house
Qualified Solictors Salary
Level Average High Low
Paralegal / Law Grad £19,000 £22,000 £16,000
EXP (Career) Paralegal £28,000 £30,000 £25,000
NQS £25,000 £31,000 £22,000
PQE 1 £27,000 £32,000 £24,000
PQE 2 £29,000 £34,000 £26,000
PQE 3 £ 32,000 £ 28,000 £ 37,000
PQE 4 £ 35,000 £ 40,000 £ 30,000
PQE 5 £ 40,000 £ 50,000 £ 34,000
Associate (5-8 years) £ 45,000 £ 55,000 £ 38,000
Snr Associate (7-9 years) £ 55,000 £ 65,000 £ 45,000
Salaried Partner £ 70,000 £ 100,000+ £ 50,000+

For further advice or perspective on the information provided please contact one of the Legal Recruitment team who will be glad to assist.

Download the latest Legal Services Salary Guide for 2021

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