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January 2017
  Trainee Solicitor salaries drop  

Trainee Solicitors' salaries slipping further behind

35% of all Trainee Solicitors are being paid below Law Society recommended levels according to our research. 12 months ago 31% were being paid under the threshold. 

London trainees fare best with only 25% being paid below the recommended £20,913 salary. On average, 37% of trainees in the regions fall short on salary, trainees in the North of England are worst off with 1 in 2 being paid below the £18,547 recommended by Chancery Lane.

We also discovered that although Trainee Solicitors are in general contracted to a 37.5 hour working week, average actual working weeks were more like 40 and 13% of all trainees are working over 48 hours a week.

More on Trainee salaries and working weeks 


Find your A game this February

We’ve all heard of Blue Monday and at times January can feel like the most depressing month of the year.

However, research we have undertaken for our 2017 Salary and Benefits Benchmarker has revealed that nearly 8 in 10 Solicitors and legal professionals have partnership and business leadership aspirations. If you are one of them you cannot afford to tread water for another month.

Recruitment Consultant Rachel Marshall offers five tips to help ambitious legal professionals finally ditch the winter blues and find their A game this February.

Find that A game

  Solicitors ditch the iPhone  

Tech for lawyers: time to ditch the 6?

Apple is expected to post record iPhone sales this week, commentators are predicting 78 million phones were sold in Q4 2016 which is a 3m year on year increase. 

But what's all the fuss about? Sure there's the looks. The feel. The status. But beyond vanity are there any other reasons legal professionals should be ditching the 6 in favour of a mobile phone that can cost up to £1,000 of your hard earned cash. 

Legal IT recruiter David Doherty looks at 10 enhancements that will probably fail to convince your friends and colleagues otherwise.      

Ditch the 6?


Best foot forward for 2017's Happiest Person in Legal

Meet Zara Okereafor, a Senior Paralegal working in the Commercial Litigation department of Stewart's Law and, in the process of crunching through the data for our 2017 Salary and Benefits Benchmarker, the legal professional we have identified as 2017's Happiest Person in Legal. 

Inspired by the memory of her late father Zara studied Law at Keele University and completed her LPC at the University of London, Bloomsbury. An extremely sporty individual Zara is also an ice figure skater and a member of the GB National Ice Skating Association (NISA) programme. 2017 is a big year for her as she will be getting married and moving into a new property with her fiancé which is a very exciting chapter in her life.

Read more about Zara


What's trending in our offices...

What's all the chatter been about at Douglas Scott this month?


DS AGM 2017

Associate Director JP Hanrahan gets in the spirit at the 2017 AGM


DS AGM 2017

Video of the wipe out final won by Recruiter Alex Forsberg


DS AGM 2017

No spinning. Match of the day human table football style


DS AGM 2017

All smiles as the teams head for the club house to total up the points 


6 job search hacks


Medical and Clinical Negligence opportunities


Personal Injury and Industrial Disease opportunities


Real Estate Solicitor opportunities in the UK


Manchester based legal jobs and opportunities 


Residential Conveyancing jobs
qualified and non-qualified 


FTC and locum opportunities in the UK 

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