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Burges Salmon sets up job site for Halliwells trainees

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  • Stephen McNulty - what a top guy.
    I hope the SRA is reading this and hanging their head in shame at their spineless response.
    If someone from the SRA is reading this could you please explain why you couldn't do this and why you left it to others in the profession to take the initiative? It's not about an employment matter, it's about doing the decent thing especially as these students are forced to pay for memberships.

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  • Fantastic idea and I truly hope that firms get behind this and help out those trainees who were not fortunate enough to be taken on buy the firms that purchased Halliwells' assets. Well done Burges for taking the initiative on this.

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  • I couldn't agree with the above comments more. It shows there are still decent people in this profession who are willing to go out of their way to help others. Well done Stephen McNulty and well done Burges Salmon.

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  • Fantastic news! Well done Burgess Salmon. SRA please take note; if you cannot help our young professionals flourish what hope is there for future of the profession.

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  • Hmmm. Great PR for Burges Salmon. In reality, is this project actually going to find 51 Training Contracts for the 51 jobless Halliwells trainees? I doubt it.

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  • BS are obviously not doing this for the sole reason of the common good as it is guaranteed to give them considerable media coverage and it will increase BS' standing with potential applicants considerably. Nonetheless, they deserve great credit for at least doing something and it's a good idea.
    It's just a shame that it was left up to individual law firms to do something rather than the regulators, who seem content to put every possible bar in the way to becoming a lawyer but do nothing to actually help someone.

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  • Anonymous @10.26 - this certainly is great PR for the firm, and I agree that finding every trainee a new home is ambitious, to say the least. But surely there's enough cynicism in this profession already without belittling a scheme that, if it even helps just one person find a job, should be applauded. Sometimes good PR and good intentions can be in alignment

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  • Good for Stephen McNulty and Burges Salmon! And I agree, SHAME on the SRA (that utter joke of an organisation)
    Even if B.S is aware it will get some good PR from this, the actual idea is clearly aimed at helping the students in the first place. There has been so much trauma and upset in the legal profession over the last few years that it's refreshing to see senior people think about their role in helping juniors.
    It's a pity no one has had the same idea about helping all those NQs who can't find a qualified position at the moment for love nor money. The mid range PQE market may be moving, but its still a NIGHTMARE for NQs who have not been retained at their training firms...

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  • Echo what others have said - of course BS see benefit to themselves in this scheme, but that doesn't detract from their choosing to take a lead on this issue. Hopefully it will lead others to get involved, but I share anonymous@1026's scepticism that more than a small minority will find places.
    I don't share the view that the SRA should be getting involved (frankly, I'd be unsurprised if they managed to make matters worse for those affected) but the Law Society should. What on earth is our trade union for if it's not for this kind of situation?

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  • If it was just for PR, other firms would have come up with this idea by now. BS is undeniably trying to do the decent thing. Of course it cannot house all of the trainees. Even for PR I hope many other regional and city firms join this scheme.

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  • I work at BS, and was (uncharacteristically) proud to read about this. Nice to see my employers can get some things right, at least. PR-related motivations aside, hopefully it will do some good (which is better than nothing at all, all ye cynics) - that said, it will need the buy-in of others to make it work, and there's plenty of good PR potential to be shared around here. Here's hoping a bunch of other firms step up (although those with poor trainee retention rates may struggle to justify doing so)...

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  • I think this is a great move. Undeniably many in the profession have been moved by the plight of Halliwells' former trainees and have been taking steps to help them find work.
    It's great that Burges Salmon has has made the leap (no pun intended) to the next level though. Lets hope it does the trick.

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  • BS deserve some good PR for taking the initiative and trying to do something positive, in sharp contrast to the SRA. Whilst it is unlikely that all will be placed in the current economic climate, if even a few young lawyers are able to put their careers back on track it will be worthwhile and a success. I hope other firms try and support BS.
    TSS

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  • Stephen McNulty - if you ever get tired of private practise, put your hat in the ring for Chief Executive role of the SRA...you evidently have the imagination and forward thinking approach that is so desperately needed to give that organisation strong leadership. WELL DONE!
    And come on managing partners at other leading law firms...the standard has been set, get involved in this honourable initiative.

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  • This is not a matter for the regulator to attend to. The default response of looking to a government department/regulator to deal with something that is ostensibly a private matter is rediculous. This is an example of the recent "Big Society" initiative the government is talking about whereby actually we, as citizens, can actually do something about the issue. It is a credit to our profession in general and Messrs Burges Salmon in particular.

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  • What is all the doom and gloom about according to the BBP web site "Law firms have reported an increase in recruitment, so now is the time to further your legal career and study the LPC - the vocational training programme for those intending to practise as solicitors." @
    http://www.bpplawschool.com/programmes/lpc/
    oh sorry just the unscrupulous preying on the desperate

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  • the LawSociety should be taking the initiative to set up this kind of scheme, not the SRA.
    Anyway, the LawSoc is an absolute embarrassment of a trade union. It is an insult to compare it to the medical profession's equivalent.

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  • i don't agree with some of the comments that only a small minority of the 51 trainees / potential trainees in question will find new 'homes'. what BS are asking law firms to do in essence is to take on one extra trainee. provided the trainees concerened are reasonably flexible as to location, it should be very achievable to secure them training contracts with other firms (each top 50 firm taking on one extra trainee or 1 in 2 top 100 firms doing the same).

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  • For a number of weeks now, the Law Society has been active in dealing with the fall out from the demise of Halliwells.
    I have been very concerned about the very difficult position of those whose training contracts with Halliwells have now been cancelled. They are obviously an extremely talented and highly motivated group. If they fail to secure alternative training it will be to the profession's detriment.
    I would hope that their qualities will be recognised and that they will all quickly secure new contracts so that their careers in the law will not be jeopardised. With this in mind, the Law Society Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) has been in direct contact with those trainees to offer advice and direct them to the practical information section on the website. http://juniorlawyers.lawsociety.org.uk/node/2293
    To further assist, the JLD is hosting a series of networking events starting on September 16th in Manchester. Further information will be available soon on the JLD website.
    We also appreciate that it’s not only Halliwell’s trainees who find themselves in this dreadful situation. The high number of visitors to the JLD’s securing a training contract webinar reflects the extent of the problem. http://juniorlawyers.lawsociety.org.uk/node/2171

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  • Linda, darling, sweet pea, why has it taken the Law Society SO SO long to take any DIRECT action? (web seminars apart...which were utterly usesless BTW, I have been on them all).
    While you plan your coffee mornings in Manchester, which no one of influence will attend to be able to help, the mood of the people is blatantly with Stephen McNulty. Why ? - because he has suggested VERY QUICKLY an idea that could actually work!
    GET A GRIP SRA/LAW SOCIETY, please!
    Can we set up a face book page - "Axe the SRA, down with the law society - and make the bold Stephen McNulty a Knight!"

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