Clients hit out at lawyers’ pay hikes

by Steve Randall17 Jun 2016
Clients hit out at lawyers’ pay hikes
The recent flurry of US firms increasing salaries for associates, which began with hikes of 12.5 per cent hikes at Cravath Swaine & Moore, has not gone down well with some clients.
Bank of America is one such client, which according to the Wall Street Journal, has written to a number of law firms on its roster to advise that while it respects the firms’ rights to make their own business decisions it “not expect to bear the costs.”
The bank is not the only client concerned that it may be hit with higher fees in order to fund lawyers’ pay hikes. CorpCounsel.com quotes Lilly Hughes, GC of Public Storage: "As rates percolate, this might give more opportunity to smaller regional and mid-size firms.”
The large US law firms say that they need to increase pay for associates in order to attract and retain the best talent but clients, already keen to reduce costs, may decide to take on more work in-house or pass work to smaller firms as a result.
 
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Green told MPs that the involvement of Olswang reassured him that the buyers – owner Dominic Chappell in particular – were credible.
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