PODCAST: Scrap Trainee Minimum Salary And ‘Only The Rich’ Will Become Solicitors, Says Junior Lawyers Division Chief

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The minimum trainee salary debate is developing into quite a fight – with the latest blow landed yesterday by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) when it released findings claiming that 70% of law firms which don’t hire trainees would “seriously consider” doing so if the minimum salary was scrapped.

Upon hearing this, committee members of the Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) of the Law Society, which strongly opposes scrapping the minimum salary, hit back immediately via the comment section of Legal Futures.

“I could not have afforded to be paid the minimum trainee wage while I was a trainee because I had rent and loan repayments to come out of my account. Low paid TCs would only deter others like me from pursuing a career in law,” wrote Grace Cowling.

But what does Cowling’s leader, JLD chief Hekim Hannan, have to say about the minimum salary debate?

Legal Cheek’s special correspondent Kevin Poulter caught up with him to find out…

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Russell Heenan

Without a ‘minimum’ wage, which is poor at best, many people could not afford to enter into law. I certainly know that I would not. I am a second, maybe third career law student, dogged by an injury on duty when I was a police officer, I have a family ad a mortgage.
I work hard, I am not the most academic but I have ability, desire and loyalty that goes beyond a ‘minimum’ wage. As a retired police officer I have more life experience than most but I do not expect the earth. Wages come with skill and I do not have that yet but equally I would not expect to be exploited by companies that want everything for nothing.
If you want the best, pay for it.
Hard work and desire to succeed shouldn’t be rewarded with a wage that at best is insulting.


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