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Northern delights | The kids aren’t alright

Ten years on from joining his local Trainee Solicitors Group, Kevin Poulter believes supporting young lawyers is more important than ever

1 May 2013

Some might say that life for junior lawyers has changed immeasurably over the past decade. But has it? The price of education has certainly ballooned, in terms of university costs, LPC/GDL fees and living expenses. We've seen the number of training contracts rocket during the boom years and then drop considerably, recently being confirmed at 4,869, the lowest level since 1999. But there is good news too. After focused efforts from the Law Society (and the broader profession), solicitors from black and minority ethnic groups now make up 13 per cent of all practicing certificate holders, twice what it was in 2002.

Why all this reflection? Not only have I just returned from the Junior Lawyer Division's conference, it has been ten years since I first entered through the gates of the Law Society. I was a wide-eyed trainee and a member of the local Trainee Solicitors Group, in Sheffield.
Every few months, I would report from the provinces and return with n...

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