SRA hikes minimum salaries

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has raised minimum trainee solicitor salaries by 4.3 per cent across the board, in line with inflation.

London-based firms must now pay trainee solicitors a minimum of £18,420 – up from £17,660 last year – and firms in the rest of England and Wales must pay trainees a minimum of £16,500, up from £15,820 last year.

But while many firms pay at levels above the SRA’s minimum, Kat Gibson, president of the Law Society’s junior lawyer division, said there is no protection at all for paralegals and LPC graduates seeking a training contract.

“These people are given a vague promise of a training contract, but competition is so high that this promise is valuable and will see the individual working for almost nothing to one day qualify,” she said.