Halliwells trainees face uncertain future as firm files to go into administration

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  • Erm, who's this mysterious 'employment law specialist'?

    A story couched in extremely speculative terms. Perhaps The Lawyer would have been better off waiting until a formal announcement by one or more of the parties, rather than stirring things up because nobody is commenting.

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  • Reckless, greedy and stupid people cost decent hardworking people their jobs- well done ex managing partner of the year and your equally inept cronies.

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  • A pre-pack implies a sale of the business, which if it were to go ahead would make any speculation on the outcome of a liquidation irrelevant.

    In any event the article is wrong. The administrators have not been 'called in' as hysterically alleged; a notice of intention to appoint has been filed - not quite the same thing.

    What would be more interesting would be some comment on the firm's attempts to stem speculation earlier this year about their financial status through injunctive relief. Anyone able to add to this?

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  • Yes, cos that's how journalism works. Don't run a story unless you get an official statement!

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  • Serves those smug current and future Halliwells trainees right, good luck in the dole queue!

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  • "in the context of pre-packed administrations it yet to be tested"

    I assume that "it" should have said "is" or "has". The Lawyer should think twice before preaching about the importance of proof reading.

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  • To Anonymous @6.01pm.

    You are clearly not a trainee starting your career in the middle of a recession, realising that between accepting and starting your training contract your firm has had a string of terrible news and is now possibly going into liquidation.

    Such people are, sadly, the victim's of Halliwell's terrible management team. They have every right to hear discussion of the possible implications for them and to receive any advice, speculative or otherwise. They do not need to sit on their hands until the management work out the best way of telling them they are screwed.

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  • Anonymous | 26-Jun-2010 8:53 pm - bitter twisted loser - how can you be so nasty when the livelihoods of a lot of people stand to be in the balance.

    Best of luck trying to convince people you deserve respect.

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  • My heartfelt apologies to everyone affected by this. Speaking as somone who has used this firm many times (not because I'm a serial offender or anything), I have always found Halliwells full of friendly, professionaly people who have been a joy to work with.
    I hope for the best result in this. No matter who we are or what role we do, the fear of losing the security of employment is a terrible thing. Good luck. x

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  • In a time when Training Contracts are so difficult to come by anyway, it must be totally demoralising to have a hard come by contract removed - best of luck to the trainees, here's hoping that the SRA will bother to intervene this time should contract severances / withdrawls occur - otherwise what is the £80.00 SRA student fee actually for?

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