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College of Law chiefs attacked over pay

15 June 2010

Professor Nigel Savage, chief executive of the College of Law, has received a massive 40 per cent pay rise, taking his wages to £440,000, the union Unite has said.

In a message to college lecturers seen by Solicitors Journal, the union also said the pay of deputy chief executive Alan Humphreys had jumped by a third to £410,000.

Richard Munn, Unite regional representative, told staff in a newsletter that management pay at the College of Law had reached “truly breathtaking levels”.

He went on: “Quite what students, most of whom pay over £9,000 for their courses, make of this, heaven only knows.”

Munn said the College of Law’s governors “felt the need to tip another one and a half million pounds into the trough for the next nine managers to fight over”.

The union said it would be pushing for a pay settlement for lecturers “which is fair to staff and students alike”.

College of Law accounts published in the last few days on the Charity Commission website confirm that the top earner’s wages rose last year from at least £310,000 to at least £440,000. Pay for the second highest earner rose by a similarly large amount, from at least £300,000 to £410,000.

The accounts put staff earnings of over £60,000 into bands of ten thousand pounds and do not identify individuals.

David Yates, chairman of the governors of the College of Law, said the rise in the pay of the chief and deputy chief executives was due not to an increase in basic salary, which stayed the same as the previous year, but to the award of bonuses based on performance targets.

Yates said the contribution of both men to the success of the college had allowed it to expand operations, protect existing jobs and create new ones, and deliver greater surpluses to fund charitable activities.

He said the college’s governors received independent advice on pay from Deloitte.

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