Balance's Legal Accounts Salary Survey

Our eagerly anticipated Legal Accounts Salary Survey is back for a fifth year and we need to ask for your assistance to help us compile the most comprehensive salary survey available for those working within the accounts departments of law firms across the country.

UK Recruitment data showed month on month growth in starting salaries during 2015, but has that trend applied to existing staff across the country? Has your firm kept up to date with the market in your area? Are you being paid too little or too much (lucky you!)?

With more London based firms relocating finance teams to lower cost offices around the country, how is this impacting on salaries outside of the South East?

Last year’s survey showed a whopping 66% of respondents had enjoyed a pay increase during the previous 12-month period, an increase from 60% in 2014. Financial bonuses were also on the increase with 46% receiving them in comparison to 44% the previous year. This year, we’ll also be analysing how much these bonuses actually equate to. 

Key to the success and accuracy of the survey is collating enough data from across the country and we are therefore extremely eager to encourage participation from all regions – a particular mention to Wales and those in Northern England where we’d love to see an increase in response. If you’re taking part, why not encourage your colleagues past and present to get involved too, and if you manage a team, you can also enter salary information for other positions within your firm.

The survey is 100% confidential and takes only 1-2 minutes to complete with a simple online questionnaire. As an added incentive, participants in this year’s survey have the option to enter a prize draw to win an iPad mini.

To complete the survey, please visit: 

A link to the survey can also be found on the homepage of the ILFM’s website ( and on Balance Recruitment’s website ( and will close on 31 March. The results will be published in the May/June issue of the Legal Abacus and on the Balance Recruitment website from May.

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