The Bar encourages firms to increase the salaries of articling students

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Aspiring lawyers undertaking qualifying work experience (QWE) for the Barristers Qualifying Examination are set to be paid £21,024 outside London and £23,703 in the city, the Law Society of England and Wales has announced the last week.

Lubna Shuja, Vice President of the Law Society, said, “This increase in the recommended salary for aspiring lawyers is considered appropriate at this time.

“We expect the rise in inflation to continue. There are a range of factors that will need to be taken into account as we discuss minimum wage policy and its increase next year, including rising cost-of-living expenses and the economic impact that had and will have on lawyers. ‘ businesses.

“We are pleased to see that some legal firms have taken steps to offer one-time hardship payments to lower paid employees. This will go some way to easing the pressure on junior lawyers’ finances.

Although this suggested increase is not a regulatory requirement, it is a voluntary good practice. The Law Society has updated the recommended minimum wage for articling students annually and has done so since 2015, following the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s decision to end its regulatory requirement for articling minimum wages. The increase for 2022/23 is 3.99% compared to 1.1% in 2021/22.

Shuja added, “We encourage employers to consider this recommendation when considering how much they will pay their employees.

“The policy applies to anyone undertaking a period of recognized training (such as a training contract) or anyone employed for the primary purpose of acquiring QWE.”