SRA plans to scrap limit on trainee intakes

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  • In order to maintain quality of one's training surely proper time needs to be spent by the supervisor with the trainee, checking theoir work, giving advice and teaching. Having 10 trainees to one partner is hardly going to acheive this. Having a minimum ensures that at least one is not over stretched in terms of trainess to supervise. I have worked at firms where trainees are a cheap alternative to qualified staff and whilst this is abhorrent and wrong, it happens in the real world. Not good for the trainees or the staff who have to supervise them en masse

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  • "There is no evidence" = "we have no evidence". This is just another move towards making profit from our young people. I look forward to the one partner firm with 50 trainees all paid the minim... no wait they abolished that too. A cynic would see re-designing a system so that it inevitably fails as a way of increasing the power/income of a regulator as more regulatory monitoring becomes essential - much like the people who run tow truck companies lobbying to allow 5 year olds to drive. At least it seems clear the next decade's growth area will be prof neg work.

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  • How many firms were employing up to current maximum?

    Perhaps the odd sole practitioner with other senior fee earners who didn't "count" for some reason, but I can't think who else.

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  • With Chris Grayling intended policy on cutting money being being paid to legal aid firms (who are the major taker of trainees), many firmware going bust at the moment & the issue of increasing the numbers of trainees is a none contempt able issue at the present moment by legal aid firms

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  • It is good to see a reduction of regulation in this area.

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  • Legal aid firms are definitely not the 'major takers' of trainees.

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