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    Robert Half Legal Releases 2008 Salary Guide

    Starting Salaries for Lawyers and Other Legal Professionals Projected to
    Increase

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Your readers can order a free copy of the Robert Half
    Legal 2008 Salary Guide by visiting www.roberthalflegal.com or calling
    1-800-870-8367. Media requests should be directed to Jason Chapman at
    (416) 365-3153.

    TORONTO, Oct. 22 /CNW/ - Average starting salaries for legal
professionals in Canada are projected to rise 4.1 per cent, according to the
just-released Robert Half Legal 2008 Salary Guide. The largest increases in
base compensation are expected for first year associates and lawyers with four
to nine years of experience at large law firms.
    Robert Half Legal is a leading staffing service specializing in the
placement of lawyers, law clerks, paralegals and other highly skilled legal
professionals. The company's annual Salary Guide is based on extensive
research, as well as employment data gathered from Robert Half Legal offices
throughout Canada. Robert Half Legal offers online job search services at
www.roberthalflegal.com.
    "Across Canada, hiring activity has increased as many law firms continue
to build up practice areas and corporate legal departments address growing
workloads and regulatory compliance issues," said Charles Volkert, executive
director for Robert Half Legal.
    "The need for professionals with specialized expertise, coupled with a
declining supply of law school graduates, has created a competitive hiring
environment. As a result, many law offices are willing to pay higher salaries
for in-demand skill sets," Volkert said. "Job seekers will see the greatest
gains in compensation at large law firms, many of which are intensifying their
recruiting and retention efforts."

    Positions in Demand
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    According to Robert Half Legal research, average starting salaries for
lawyers are expected to rise 5.5 per cent in 2008. First year associates will
see the greatest gain in compensation. Those working at large law firms are
expected to see a 7.3 per cent increase in base compensation to the range of
$79,000 and $90,500 annually. Lawyers with four to nine years of experience at
large firms will see starting salaries rise 6.9 per cent, to the range of
$121,000 to $217,250 annually. Lawyers with 10 to 12 or more years of
experience working at large law firms are expected to see a 6.4 per cent
increase in base compensation to the range of $169,500 to $240,750 annually.
    Law clerks/paralegals can expect average starting salaries to rise
3.0 per cent in 2008. The base compensation of midlevel law clerks/paralegals
with four to six years of experience at large law firms is expected to
increase 4.2 per cent, to between $46,500 and $64,500 annually. Senior
executive legal secretaries with 12 or more years of experience at large firms
will see starting salaries in the range of $49,750 to $67,250, a 4.0 per cent
increase over 2007 levels.
    Average starting salaries for legal administrators and office managers in
large law firms are expected to increase 4.0 per cent, to the range of $63,250
to $93,750.

    Corporate Lawyers
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    In-house lawyers will see average gains of 4.7 per cent over 2007 levels.
First year associates can expect annual base compensation to rise 4.9 per cent
to between $56,250 and $71,000. Starting salaries for licensed lawyers with 10
to 12 or more years of experience will rise 6.0 per cent, to the range of
$130,750 to $209,500 annually.

    
    Other key findings from the Robert Half Legal 2008 Salary Guide include:

    -   In-house senior/supervising law clerks with seven or more years of
        experience will see average starting salaries increase of
        5.1 per cent, to the range of $48,500 to $69,750 per year.

    -   Compensation for contract administrators is anticipated to increase
        4.0 per cent, with starting salaries averaging $48,500 to $88,750.

    -   Starting salaries for junior legal secretaries with one to two years
        of experience at a large firm are projected to rise 3.7 per cent, to
        between $35,750 and $40,750.
    

    About the Robert Half Legal Salary Guide
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    Information in the Robert Half Legal 2008 Salary Guide is derived from
the thousands of job orders and placements handled by account executives with
Robert Half Legal offices in North America. Continuing or ongoing salaries are
not reported as many factors - such as seniority, performance, work ethic and
training, among others - impact the compensation of full-time legal
professionals as employment histories develop.
    The Robert Half Legal 2008 Salary Guide is used extensively by law firms
and corporate legal departments to determine appropriate compensation levels
for employees. In addition, educational institutions rely on the guide for
current data on salaries and trends in the legal field.

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Your readers can order a free copy of the Robert Half
Legal 2008 Salary Guide by visiting www.roberthalflegal.com or calling
1-800-870-8367. Media requests should be directed to Jason Chapman at (416)
365-3153.





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For further information: Jason Chapman, (416) 365-3153 extension 62070,
jason.chapman@rhi.com


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