Failure to set minimum salary could lead to trainees being exploited, say junior lawyers

Junior lawyers have expressed concern at the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s decision not to regulate training contracts and principals, saying this could lead to future ‘trainees’ being exploited when the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) comes into force.

“We are particularly concerned that with the Solicitors Qualifying Examination coming into force, no action will be taken by the SRA in this respect,” says the Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) in an open letter to the SRA, urging the regulator to “consider how it will regulate the work experience element of the SQE.” 

Failure to regulate the work experience element of the SQE, the JLD continues, risks junior lawyers being...

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