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Billion-Greenback Biglaw Agency Backs Off Of Wage Cuts

Back in April, megafirm Norton Rose Fulbright announced a bunch of austerity measures thanks to the economic upheaval cause by COVID-19. And it wasn’t just the salary cuts that lots of other firms also instituted — associates were also laid off as part of the measures.

Those who were left at the firm in the U.S. saw a 15 percent salary cut for all those making over $50,000. Now the firm has announced the end of those compensation hits, and their salaries will be returned to full, pre-pandemic levels.

Jeff Cody, Norton Rose Fulbright’s US Managing Partner, had this statement on the firm’s reinstatement of salary cuts:

“Based upon the firm’s performance through August, Norton Rose Fulbright US will end pay reductions for lawyers and staff and return them to full compensation on September 30. The partners are grateful for the commitment and loyalty demonstrated by all of our lawyers and staff during these difficult and uncertain times. These reductions were made in response to the pandemic, as our goal has always been to take care of our people while maintaining the firm’s health. We appreciate the ongoing commitment and loyalty of our people during these unprecedented times.”

When the firm announced its salary cuts in April, they indicated they’d only last through the end of September. Insert Wake Me Up When September Ends joke here. Now that you’ve got that song stuck in your head, it’s good to see the firm’s financial performance is progressing as expected.

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