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As the training contract application deadline looms, the Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) is calling on the Law Society to support a reprise of the recommended minimum salary for trainee solicitors. Good for them.

25 July 2014

Despite being in the depths of recession and a huge reduction in the number of training contracts available, it still came as a surprise when the Solicitors Regulation Authority concluded in 2012 that it was no longer appropriate for a minimum salary to be imposed on employers.

Now, at a time when the country is freeing itself from economic crisis, the calls for a non-obligatory recommended minimum are at least well timed. For me, so many years ago, going into a firm which hadn't taken on trainees for a number of years, a recommended salary was at least helpful in the negotiation process, such as it was.

Fortunately, the vast majority of firms and organisations employing trainee solicitors will have scant regard for whatever recommendation there may be and pay salaries competitive with the best of the graduate recruitment schemes available. If you want the best, you expect to pay for it.

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