A&O asks trainees to defer

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  • At what point does it become too short a notice to ask for deferrals from the August/September 2009 intake?

    Obviously no one is ever safe but there must be a consensus that a very short notice period before the expected start date is unreasonable.

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  • I would agree with that in terms of trainees having made plans and commitments.

    However I assume that is why A&O have offered a reasonably generous package to those being asked to defer. Equally i would assume if further deferrals are requested by reputable firms between now and september, given the short notice, that compensation offered would similarly be pretty generous.

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  • Its the learning on the job that counts - there is nothing more depressing for a trainee than a training contract which offers little learning and hardly any skills base on which to build a successful career. Deferring makes sense for those who really want to excel as practitioners when they qualify. Clients also want to know, when they pay high prices for new qualifiers, that they are getting something of value not just that a trainee has served their time.

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  • The point is that this deferral is a voluntary option. If trainees at A&O don't want to take it, they don't have to. It is up to them if they feel that the quality of work will be lesser than if they take up training later on. Case closed.

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  • Will Chelsy Davy be deferring at A&O?

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