Female trainees will be disproportionately affected by the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) decision to scrap minimum salary, argues the Association of Women Solicitors (AWS).
According to the association women make up two thirds of trainees in the profession. It also claims the new rules mean trainees will receive at least 40 per cent less income during their training.
AWS chairwoman Joy Van-Cooten said: “We are concerned it will discourage able women away from the profession and the result will be a return to a less diverse profession that will reflect practitioners’ means rather than their merit.
“This can only devalue the professional reputation of solicitors and the public’s perception of the quality of our service.”
The news follows the Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) hitting out against the SRA by calling the regulatory body ‘clueless’ and the decision to be ‘disgraceful’ (17 May 2012).
The SRA will remove the current minimum of between £16,650 and £18,590, and replace it with the current national minimum wage of £6.08 per hour from August 2014 (16 May 2012).
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