Legal aid lawyers face a lifetime of scrimping and saving after a report has found that they are taking home a smaller wage than sewage workers.
Legal aid lawyers will have to rule out expensive living after a new report found that they are among the worst paid in the public sector with the average salary barely hitting the £25,000 mark.
The findings mean that those working in legal aid are taking home less than prison officers or sewage plant workers. This figure is also well below the earnings of City solicitors where trainees start can start on as much as £40,000 per year.
Law Society Chief Executive Desmond Hudson said: “These figures show that solicitors undertaking legal aid earn well below the average for professional salaries, and considering solicitors can amass significant student debts and work very long hours, the pay is very far from fat cat territory.”
The survey, which has been conducted by the Guardian Newspaper, has come just after the Ministry of Justice produced a consultation paper outlining plans to slash legal aid fees further.
The Law Society has said that any cuts to the already “thread-bare” legal aid system will mean that firms will no longer be able to undertake pro bono work meaning that vulnerable clients will be unable to obtain the assistance they need.
According to figures released by The Law Society, the salary of senior civil servants is nearly £70,000 – almost three times higher than a legal aid solicitor.