Circular No. 77/20: Survey – Minimum Starting Salary For Newly-Qualified Legal Assistants

Pursuant to the Bar Council Circular No. 004/2020 dated 7th January 2020, an online survey titled “National Survey on Minimum Salary of Young Lawyers” (“the National Survey”) was conducted by the Bar Council National Young Lawyers and Pupils Committee (“NYLPC”). The National Survey was conducted to gain an insight into the nationwide perspective towards the Bar Council proposing a minimum salary for young lawyers, and also to gain insight into the financial challenges faced by young lawyers.

Following which, the NYLPC published a report in May 2020 which stated that 91.85% of the Respondents of the National Survey agreed that Bar Council should fix a minimum starting salary for Legal Assistants. However, out of a total 2,641 Respondents for the National Survey, only 183 Respondents were from the Johore Bar (which is approximately 6.93%).

Pursuant thereto, the Bar Council has directed each state to conduct a State-Level survey which is aimed at reaching more members, so that the data collected is more comprehensive.

As the subject matter is of utmost importance and its potential impact far-reaching, we encourage all pupils and members to please complete this survey at the following link:

https://bit.ly/ylcsurvey2020

Your feedback will be vital in aiding the Bar Council make an informed decision on whether to propose a minimum starting salary for newly-qualified legal assistants.

We hope and look forward to receiving your feedback by or on 18th December 2020.

ANIS SYARIZAD BINTI DATUK HJ. KUTHUBUL ZAMAN

CHAIRPERSON

YOUNG LAWYERS AND CHAMBERING PUPILS

SUB COMMITTEE

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