Sometimes I wonder if some solicitors live on a slightly different planet where they exist in a different context to the rest of us. For exhibit one I refer you to this story in "The Lawyer".
Please note that I am not one of those who feel that no-one should be paid more than a set sum, or who would normally complain about lawyers' earnings. Most lawyers work pretty hard and if someone is willing to pay them hundreds of thousands of pounds each year then they would be mad to refuse it. Taxation based on income is, however, much more fair than a flat tax paid by all - such as the UK's VAT. While high earners will pay more tax - they do, of course, earn more money in the first place.
Rather than selfishly whining about NI, perhaps lawyers should be seen in the national press to be concerned about society's issues - such as the return to 17.5% VAT which will hit the very poorest the hardest. I'm sure that solicitors have a social conscience, so it seems unfortunate that press stories such as that in "The Lawyer" portray them as money-grabbing and insensitive.
Context is everything. Paying a little more tax on a high salary is a nuisance - but you can afford it. Perhaps we should all consider those who will face real difficulty. Imaging earning £22,000 a year - now faced with an increase in NI, no increase in the Income Tax thresholds, and an increase in VAT which will mean that almost everything you have to buy will cost more in January than it did in December.