SRA boosts minimum trainee pay

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  • When you come out of law school most people have loads of debt so many want to make as much money as possible to cope with that financial burden. I don’t think this is enough to survive on if you take into account London living expenses and debt on top of that.”

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  • It's worth remembering that some people will still accept a lower salary than the minimum regardless of what the SRA says.

    I would definitely favour keeping the minimum salary, otherwise a culture of exploitation would appear without a doubt. This can be seen in Northern Ireland at the minute as all but a handful of the trainees this year and last year aren't being paid because they're so desperate to get a training contract.

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  • Ask any trainee who is currently paid the minimum wage whether it is important for the SRA to retain this and I am sure they will say yes. Of course it would not concern any of the trainees who are earning well above the minimum level. Why should it? Certain partners at my firm have made it clear that trainees should think themselves lucky to be paid at all, as back in their day they worked for nothing when doing their articles. If you work for a local/high street firm then it is imperative to have a minimum salary to prevent exploitation.

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  • Partner = 400K per year
    Trainee = 18K? per year

    Trainee does the 'dog' work.

    Case closed.

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  • Realistically what an absolute waste of time.
    0.9% - an extra hundred and fifty quid if you're outside the M25?
    What a Joke.

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  • how ridiculous is 0.9% increase. The past few years it has increased by around £700 per annum and now just a pointless £150 squid! the cost of living has increased and it is not reflected in the increase.

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  • I would like to know the salary of the person/persons who decided this and then I would also like to now how much they were on last year.

    Have they got the courage to tell this....?

    NO they won't... because they are t******

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  • I am a trainee at a small firm and if the minimum salary was not in place, i would probably be working for free or on some ridiculous wage having incurred so much debt from law school! Having said this, the minimum salary is still a joke in comparison to how hard a trainee has to work! You need to think of the long term gain in a legal career, which is hard if you don't have the financial backing unless you work for a city firm!

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