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The Law Society has recommended a minimum salary for trainee solicitors based on the Living Wage (15 November).
It follows the SRA's abolition in 2014 of the regulatory minimum salary with a requirement to pay trainees the national hourly minimum wage.
The minimum salary is one of the methods used by the Law Society, for the purpose of reducing sector/group based barriers to entry to the legal profession. The Law Society believes in integrity and honesty and that access to the profession should be based on merit. It carried out an equality and impact assessment into the impact of the abolition of the minimum salary on entrants to the profession from different backgrounds, which supported the view that this had a disproportionate impact on those from BAME (black, Asian, minority ethnic) groups and on those from less affluent backgrounds. The Law Society also consulted with the Junior Lawyers Division and employers and providers of training contracts, who favoured the change.
The new minimum salary is calculated using the appropriate Living Wage, depending on whether located within or outside of London, together with an amount equating to the average annual LPC loan repayment (approx. £3,000).
The minimum salary is recommended by the Law Society as good practice only, as opposed to best practice or a regulatory requirement. As per the Living Wage, it will be viewed each November and those implementing it should do so as soon as possible or within 6 months (by 1 May).
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The Law Society has issued a practice note about the risks to solicitors posed by this new legislation, which came into force on 30 September.
The SRA has urged all practices to check HM Treasury’s consolidated list of asset freeze targets, which lists designated persons subject to financial sanction under EU or UK legislation.
The practising certificate renewal period opened on Monday 2 October.
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