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Recommended rates for trainees frozen

31 May 2013 | tagged News release

The recommended rate for trainees is to remain the same, after a Law Society of Scotland decision today (Friday).

From June 1, the recommended rate will remain at £16,200 for first-year trainees and £19,400 for second-year trainees.

This follows a 1.5% increase last year and a freeze in 2011.

Director of Education and Training at the Society, Liz Campbell, said: "The Society's Council debated this issue for some time, with many Council members offering valid and varied opinions.

"The continuing difficult economic climate for many firms and organisations was one of the significant factors in coming to the decision to keep the recommended rates at the same level.

"This rate is a recommended rate to give an indication of what is reasonable payment for a trainee, however some firms will pay more than these amounts, whilst others will pay less and that is for firms to decide."

A proposal to increase the recommended rate for both first and second-year trainees by 2.8% put forward by the Education and Training Committee was defeated.

ENDS

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please contact Suzy Powell on 0131 476 8115 or Val McEwan on 0131 226 3338.

Email: suzypowell@lawscot.org.ukor valeriemcewan@lawscot.org.uk

31 May 2013

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