Simmons ramps up its ambition for the ambitious

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  • Top City law firm

    Oh wait. Wrong firm. But at least it all went okay for BLP. Oh...

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  • Not sure who the 'recruiter' is that's quoted but I totally disagree. Whilst I agree it may be true in a small number of cases, to say a candidate clearly lacks ambition because they are not after magic circle firms is simply wrong. You could just as easily argue the opposite. That those candidates (such as ones who apply to Simmons or similar firms) who genuinely research a firm's culture, training and development and career progression are more ambitious because they want to get it right. We meet with plenty of candidates who have well thought out reasons why they prefer a particular type of firm over another. Likewise we also hear of those who have secured a place at a magic circle firm in their 2nd year of law school, gone on to do the LPC and realised deep down they don't even want to do law anymore and feel trapped. Hardly ambitious! Before anyone gets excited, I am not saying that those who apply to magic circle are not ambitious, that would be nonsense. What I do know is that making these types of generalisations when it comes to identifying strong individuals is never a good way forward.

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  • "BLP’s recruitment drive culminated in a third of its spring 2012 lateral hiring spree consisting up of former magic circle partners."

    Wonder how many of them are still there?

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  • There's no point in them recruiting ambitious lawyers as they're never going to keep any of them on, on qualification anyway.

    Simmons has the worst retention rates for the last two recruitment cycles in the city.

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  • S&S have hit the nail on the head. Unfortunately, they've done so 15 years too late. I trained at S&S in 2000 and this was precisely the problem that they had back then - perfectly capable, bright and engaged trainees (if I say so myself!) but who were simply not interested in the big-ticket corporate work (and hours) that S&S has supposedly been targeting all these years. Everyone wanted to qualify into areas like employment, IP or competition. In fairness to us, S&S had gone out of their way to tout these niche areas to us during the recruitment process. There was very little appetite for corporate, banking or capital markets.

    I have relatively fond memories of S&S - I got exactly what I wanted from them. A City training contract (together with the various perks of pre-recession days) which gave me the springboard to have my pick of top 50 firms as a NQ, working in my chosen practice area (not corporate!), more or less 9 to 5.

    S&S have an awful lot of work to do to convince potential trainees, interested in corporate/banking etc that they are a definite alternative to the Freshfields and CCs of this world.

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