Government Legal Department's top four lawyers paid less than London NQs at US firms

Combined pay for top government quartet lags equivalent figure for four London associates at elite US firms

The combined salaries of the four most senior lawyers at the Government Legal Department (GLD) is lower than the equivalent figure for four newly qualified (NQ) London associates at top US law firms.

Between them, Government Legal Service head Jonathan Jones, GLD director generals Stephen Braviner Roman and Claire Johnston and Home Office legal adviser Peter Fish were paid £545,000 in 2017-18 – about £35,000 less than four times the market rate of £145,000 for City NQs at leading US firms.