Addleshaws favours trainee pay cuts over deferrals

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  • If they can avoid deferrals with a small drop in salary, which will be barely noticeable, then surely other firms could do something similar. The salaries paid are slightly excessive as it is given that there's virtually no other career where someone could be earning that kind of money from the age of twentyfour onwards.

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  • As a future trainee, I welcome the move by my future firm.

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  • Good god - Is there another George Roberts (aka: Shoomsiths brown nosed trainee) at AG??!! Maybe they should consider a career in PR??

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  • Haha, I was wondering if someone would mention that. No, I'm not brown nosing, and I'll tell you why I welcome the move.
    It's very apparant that many firms have deferred their trainees, some compensated, some not, some like Shoosmiths have withdrawn TCs.
    Addleshaw's on the other hand aren't deferring, instead pay cuts and pay freezes will be implemented.
    Naturally, this is 'upsetting' to learn that you won't be earning as much as you thought you would, however if it means that I can start working, and practice law, without having to wait an extra year or more, I'm not that upset.
    It won't just affect me, but all future trainees will be affected, and so it won't just be me on the boat.
    I know that when I start, everyone on my team would have gone through the same emotions, but also the relief that none of us had to defer or withdraw, and this can only make us stronger as a firm. This is the AG Way (yes - that was brown nosing).
    A reduction in salary in order to safeguard our futures as solicitors, and the firm as a whole is a small price to pay.

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  • They certainly seem to be standing by their "youthful" trainees (perhaps at the expense of others) It didn't work for the Arsenal but who knows it could yet pay dividends for AG in a few years.

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  • This looks like a good idea in principle but I just hope AG has enough work to go round the trainees - given that it's asking staff move towards a shorter working week it doesn't look too promising...

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  • I was on the vat scheme at AG over Easter and, though I declined their tc offer, AG really did come across as a firm that looked after their trainees and were doing their utmost to avoid deferrals.
    If MC firms are cutting their salaries for NQ and trainees to £59k then surely it does not reflect poorly on AG, a fine firm that doesn't make as much money as the MC, to decrease pay.
    To Future A/G Trainee I wish you all the best with your future at AG - I thought the firm was fantastic and I hope that they continue to support their trainees as they seem to be doing now.

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