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Junior Lawyers Division

November 2015

Max Harris

Welcome to the latest update from the Junior Lawyers Division, and I am delighted to be able to share some fantastic news with you all!

Law Society recommends minimum salary for trainee solicitors
On 11 November 2015, the Law Society announced a recommended minimum salary for all trainee solicitors in England and Wales. The level at which this minimum has been set is £20,276 in London and £18,183 outside of London. This was calculated on the basis of the living wage plus average LPC repayments.
Read the press release

We are delighted that this JLD initiative has been successful. The JLD welcomes the Law Society's introduction of the recommended minimum salary for trainee solicitors, and considers it a huge step forward for social mobility in the legal profession. It is of utmost importance that as a profession we ensure access is open to all, regardless of background. By adhering to at least the Law Society's recommended minimum salary, firms will encourage better access.

JLD outlines concerns over SRA proposal to reform the solicitor qualification route
The SRA has over the past few months begun pre-consultation discussions on a proposed reform of the process to qualify as a solicitor. While a formal consultation is expected later this year, the JLD has noted the SRA's intention that this will focus on its preferred option of a common professional assessment.

The JLD wrote an open letter to the SRA on 3 November outlining our concerns with the current proposals, along with a recommendation of how to address these concerns.
Read the JLD's letter

Equivalent means FAQ
In July 2014, the SRA introduced a new route to qualification which allows paralegals to qualify as a solicitor if they have done the equivalent to the legal practice course, professional skills course, and training contract.

We are pleased to announce the release of an equivalent means FAQ, drafted with the assistance of the SRA.
Read the equivalent means FAQ

The JLD has continued to be very busy since our last newsletter. You can see some of our other updates in the section below, and on our website. As always, please feel free to email the JLD or contact us via one of our social media channels.

Max Harris
Chair, Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society

Keeping you updated on our activity

  • During National Pro Bono Week, the JLD released a series of blogs written by our members highlighting the pro bono work that junior lawyers are doing across the country.

  • The Auckland Young Lawyers Division of the New Zealand Law Society interviewed Max Harris, chair of the JLD, about qualifying and working in England and Wales. You can read the full interview which includes discussion about legal aid cuts, what it's like to be a lawyer in England and Wales, and what the JLD does for its members.

  • The JLD has interviewed dual-qualified and British-born Caroline Laband from the New Zealand Law Society's Auckland Young Lawyers committee. Read about her transition from Middle Temple to Middle Earth.

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