Laid-off minority lawyers toil for no pay

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  • 'The Law Society said: “Some BME solicitors [are] working for no pay"'

    Hmm not exactly news to me. Has been going on for the past 10 years at least.

    So what exactly does the Law Society propose to do about it? I wonder what the Law Society does with the membership fees if not to protect expoited ethnic minorities.

    I expect a little more probing by The Lawyer if it expects its "news" leads to be considered journalism.

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  • 11:36 am - how DARE you expect that the Law Society actually DO anything about any issue that doesn't involve Legal Aid cuts. Have you learnt nothing about our representative body over the past few years???

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  • There are many working for no-pay in solicitors firms, hoping they might one day win the golden ticket of a training contract, but the story is more newsworthy when it involves BMEs?

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  • The same comments about unpaid training contracts and work apply equally to people who aren't ethnic minorities.

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  • I may be incorrect (but I am not) - the Law Society dictates minimum pay for training contracts - IHateBPP may be showing his age.

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  • The SRA does dictate minimum pay, but actually ensuring it is paid is another matter.

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  • Why do you assume that IHateBPP is male?

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  • Re: Anonymous | 25-Oct-2010 12:34 pm
    You're right there are many people working without pay but the problem is more acute among BMEs who don't always have the same contacts and networks as white British lawyers because they didn't go to right school or the right university and Mummy or Daddy isn't a lawyer at Smith & Smith. Race and ethnicity and questions of social capital are still very closely entwined.

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  • Sarah: 'bla bla bla chip on my shoulder'.

    FYI - ethnic minorities are overrepresented in the profession as a percentage of the population. It is easier to get a TC or junior associate position as an ethnic minority than a white person.

    This is a non-story.

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  • Sarah is quite right, and the situation is likely to get much, much worse thanks to the Coalition's plans for higher education.

    Seems like the law is going to remain largely the province of rich white people for some time to come...

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