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In a vote last month, the SRA board decided to change the salary terms for trainee solicitors, with effect from September 2014. This decision means that salaries for trainee solicitors could now potentially go as low as the national minimum wage, which currently stands at £6.08 an hour.
A five month consultation with solicitors was conducted by the SRA before the decision, however many already qualified solicitors have been critical of the move, which marks the end of 30 years of guaranteed minimum salaries for trainees in England and Wales.
One of those opposed to the move was Ian Fitzpatrick, a partner with Liverpool-based firm Canter Levin & Berg. Speaking to the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, RTA litigation specialist Ian said of the decision to deregulate salaries:
"It will discourage people from joining the profession for several reasons. Firstly, many trainees have just left college with debt which they are struggling to service… Secondly, many people have to travel significant distances daily or relocate just to get a training contract & quite simply will not be able to afford to work for less than the current minimum wage… Thirdly, potential trainees tend to be intelligent, motivated individuals and will be attractive to and attracted to other sectors which can offer better pay."
Founded in 1947, Canter Levin & Berg is a large regional firm of Solicitors based in Liverpool, Merseyside.
With 13 partners and over 130 staff based in offices in Liverpool and Kirkby, we offer a comprehensive range of legal services for our clients.
From road traffic and other accident claims to criminal, family law services and employment law, we have friendly, efficient and professional staff available to deal with your legal requirements whatever they may be.
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