JLD slams SRA decision to drop trainee solicitor minimum pay

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  • So as a future trainee starting September 2014, having self funded the GDL and LPC I will now be hit with a lower salary? Are the SRA trying to put students off a career in law?!

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  • This is so far out of touch with reality its disturbing. After studying for 3 years, the LPC and many unpaid vacation placements and internships - we are now supposed to work on minimum wage? How are we (and by 'we' I mean my generation) ever going to be able to afford a mortgage let alone be able to pay off student debts?

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  • Forget ambition, now all you need is money/well off parents/dare I say an old school tie? The SRA and the Law Society have shown exactly who they represent and it isn't prospective or indeed Junior Lawyers.

    I can see the logic put forward by firms but if you have no work and no jobs to offer on qualification why take on more trainees. I really don't see how this will achieve the result the SRA say it will?

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  • Absolutely disgusting. As if £9k a year fees and an LPC weren't enough. Diversity? Only if you're rich...

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  • Will this mean that smaller firms will now recruit more trainees? I hope so.

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  • Jesus I knew I should have taken the legal executive route. I have also funded myself doing the LPC part time. What was the point? At the moment it is competitive enough to try and get a training contract let alone have to settle for one which pays £11,000!! That's half of what I earn now. Absolutely disgusting.

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  • It is official, CLEANERS will get paid more than trainee solicitors!!! As a trainee who is about to qualify and who works on average 12 hour days with no overtime payment due, I feel very sorry for those who are about to enter the profession on minimum wage. It is not worth it. The huge LLB and LPC debts and the struggle to get a training contract, with this move for minimum wage the SRA might as well have spat in our faces.

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  • Hard work and determination gets rewarded. The JLD need to pull their socks up and get that accross to its members. Im in my 30's had good, well paid jobs, had knock backs and disability and now I'm starting all over again. I have a mortgage and two children but I am going to show that I'm worth my weight in gold(I have put a bit of timber on in my old age). But people you must see that law is not immune to the financial climate and change is happening in every profession.

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  • Is it not just another way to deter people from self-funding the LPC? People self-fund because of the promise that they will soon have a well-paid job to pay off debts - less people are likely going to do this. JLD wanted the SRA to wait for conclusion of LETR, but perhaps this is all part of the master-plan.

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