The number of legal employers committed to paying workers an independently assessed ‘living wage’ has climbed by over 50% in the last year.
There are now 33 law firms, barristers chambers and related organisations signed up to the fair pay scheme run by charity the Living Wage Foundation.
LWF is backed by London mayor Boris Johnson.
Official earnings figures published this week showed that in the last quarter Britons suffered the first fall in wages since the recession of 2009, with pay rises continuing to lag inflation. But lawyers have been at the forefront of efforts in the private sector to establish a sustainable minimum, which the foundation defines as £8.80 in London and £7.65 outside.
The national minimum wage is £6.31. The commitment also encompasses regular sub-contractors.
The LWF has over 700 signatories, but more than half of them are in the public or third sectors.
Three magic circle firms signed up early to the LWF: Linklaters, Clifford Chance and Slaughter and May. Allen & Overy, and Freshfields (which since October 2010 has paid all staff, including subcontractors, at least £8.55) have also come on board in recent months.
LWF signatories outside the magic circle include Herbert Smith, Lews Silkin, Mishcon de Reya, Mayer Brown, Olswang and Norton Rose Fulbright. The Law Society is also a signatory, but the Bar Council is not.
Barristers’ chambers to have signed up with LWF include Matrix, Devereux, Outer Temple and 11KBW.
Allen & Overy
Bates Wells Braithwaite
Farrer & Co
Holman Fenwick Willan
Islington Law Centre
Mishcon de Reya
Motley & Hope Solicitors
Norton Rose Fulbright
Outer Temple Chambers
RCJ Advice Bureau and Islington CAB
Slaughter and May
The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
White & Case
Wixted & Co