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Trainee minimum salary to be scrapped

The minimum salary for trainee solicitors is to be scrapped, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) announced yesterday, causing widespread anger among junior lawyers. There were, however, crumbs of comfort in the fact that it will continue in place for a further two years.

From August 2014 trainees will receive the national minimum wage of £6.08 an hour rather than the trainee minimum wage of £18,590 in central London and £16,650 outside. Trainees will not be re-classified as apprentices as had been feared and so will not earn the £2.60 an hour national apprentice rate.

There was reaction and comment across legal websites and the legal blogosphere. Legal Week offers a detailed outline of the facts, with some historical context. Meanwhile, Legal Cheek considers the SRA's arguments in favour of scrapping the minimum wage, while also publishing the response of JLD chair Hekim Hannan to the news.