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Meeting the UK’s diverse legal needs is becoming tougher for lawyers

The legal sector has been told it needs to fill the advice gap, but lawyers are not superheroes, writes John van der Luit-Drummond

30 October 2015

There is no denying that the practice of law is, by and large, a prosperous vocation for those willing to pay obscene tuition fees and work arduous hours to reach the zenith of the legal profession.

A study published in The Telegraph in April proclaimed that the average law graduate could expect to earn £54,000 a year - double the national average wage - upon completion of their training, and that most would see their pay increase by £25,000 every five years. Lawyers with between five and ten years PQE were expected to earn £76,000 per annum, while those practising for over 15 years could command £181,000.

While such studies are clearly skewed in favour of those inside the largest firms, they are worth noting. For example, news emerged this week that...

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