Legal Cost Specialists

New Guideline Hourly Rates?

By on Mar 23, 2012 | 3 comments

I note the suggestion that trainee solicitors could be paid as little as £2.60 an hour in their first year under an amendment to the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s proposals for ending the minimum wage.

Presumably we can then expect a corresponding decrease in Guideline Hourly Rates for trainee solicitors to, say, £10 per hour. This should still give firms a reasonable profit margin. Obviously Guideline Rates ranging from £90-138 would be totally unsustainable with pay rates of £2.60 per hour.


  1. The guideline rates (as far as I know) do not have any link whatsoever to their particular salary?!

    Truly Eminent Costs Professional

    23rd March 2012

  2. Surely, if this idea has an sort of merit as all, it would be calculated down rather than up e.g.

    Guideline Rate [MINUS] Difference between average hourly pay and actual pay

    As opposed to:

    Guideline Rate [DIVIDED BY] Average Pay = FACTOR

    Actual Pay [MULTIPLIED BY] FACTOR = Charge Rate

    Particularly given that actual salary, as first poster says, have no real relation to rate.


    In reality, market forces will effect what salary can be negotiated.

    Robert Pettitt

    23rd March 2012

  3. There would of course be no reduction in the other overheads associated with running the firm and investing in the training of the the trainee. Salary is by no means the only factor.

    Paul Hawkins

    12th April 2012

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