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Decision to scrap trainee minimum wage was done with obscene haste

Profession not given the time to consider the proposal and provide meaningful response, says Martin Varley

18 May 2012

The decision by the Solicitors Regulation Authority board to scrap the minimum salary for trainees has been done with obscene haste.

We had the Impact Assessment on 1 May and were asked to respond to the SRA on the document within 7 working days. The Impact Assessment is 123 pages long. My committee could not meaningfully respond in this time frame.

The SRA Board formally announced its decision based on the evidence (including responses to the Impact Assessment) four business days after that. In those four days the SRA would have had to sift through the responses, come to a position on them, provide members of the Board with guidance and draft the decision and announcement. Rather unlikely.

This decision of the SRA Board seems to undermine the process of consultation and collaboration between the regulated with our regulators. The S...

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