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Burges Salmon sets up job site for Halliwells trainees

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  • Re: Anonymous @ 3 August 2010 9:18am

    I am very sorry you did not receive the correspondence from the JLD concerning your training contract. It was an unfortunate error, and you should be contacted directly today. However the text of the email we tried to send to you is now up on our website, and you can view it here http://juniorlawyers.lawsociety.org.uk/node/2315.

    Apologies again. Please contact us if you have any more questions and if you want to find out more about our upcoming networking event in Manchester.

    Junior Lawyers Division

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  • Dear Linda/JLD response above,
    I am also a former future trainee and I also didn't receive this email the other day.
    Why is this?
    Can you please check our details with the College of Law Manchester.
    Regards.

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  • Looking at all this from afar (far East) i am somewhat surprised that there are so few detractors concerning BS' excellent scheme. But there are still those who cannot help themselves by referring to the undoubted favourable publicity which the scheme will engender for BS. I know many of BS' partners and I must say that the furthest thing from their minds would be publicity. Why cannot the snipers just accept that, sometimes, people just do something simply because it is the right thing to do?

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  • I am a future trainee who was due to start yesterday with Halliwells. I have only just received the E-mail from the Law Society. It appears that the crux of it is that they are advising us to "use your initiative and contact recruiters at those firms directly" (surely a contradiction in terms - if I had waited to receive this E-mail before contacting recruiters, I wouldn't be using my initiative, would I?!)
    I suggested the idea of law firms getting together to share out the trainees between them here on thelawyer.com a while ago. There weren't that many trainees due to start in August 2010 - how many are affected - about ten? If ten firms could get together and take one each, it would be a relatively small thing for them, but would have a massive impact on the "ex-future trainees"!
    All it would take is someone to take a lead and co-ordinate it. This appears to be what Burges Salmon are doing. Kudos to them. Let's hope it works.

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  • Bravo Mr McNulty, it's great to see someone in the profession doing something for the greater good. Even my cynicism (which after 15 years in the profession is quite advanced) has to acknowledge it.
    As for the Law Society's response, it's tragic that they don't understand how ineffective their actions to date have been (and will no doubt be hurt by the many criticisms on here). A low level coffee morning at a time when all the people concerned should already have started work? No doubt 15 committee meetings were required before they even got the go-ahead to arrange that. I really do struggle to think of any worthwhile function at all that the Law Society carries out in return from the payments it demands from its members - it's so wrapped up in bureaucracy it's lost sight of what it's there for.
    I hope Mr McNulty publishes details of the firms that do and don't sign up to his scheme.

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  • Whilst I wholeheartedly applaud Burges Salmon's initiative in this I suspect the many would-be trainees who failed to secure a TC anywhere before all this even happened would be somewhat surprised to see 51 extra TCs magicked up out of nowhere at very short notice.
    It's not as though Halliwells was some small firm in the middle of nowhere, presumably their TCs were sought-after and their standards were high. Surely it is unrealistic to expect the SRA or anyone else to suddenly conjure up 51 comparable training offers.
    That said I take Mcnulty's point that he's asking 50 firms to "donate" one TC each rather than expecting any firm to take them on in bulk. And remember it's not just about the cost, you have to have enough appropriate work for them to do for the next two years.
    I am neither a partner nor a trainee in any firm, I'm just looking at the harsh reality of a big player going under and removing a number of training opportunities from the market.

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  • I agree, it's nothing to do with the SRA as the profession's regulator, but the Law Society could have come up with this as a proposal - I'm not generally a defender of the Law Society (well, ever, I think it's a pretty useless organisation for the most part) but it is much easier for a firm to lead the charge on an initiative like this by setting an example. The Law Society here could only suggest this to firms and perhaps the relationship between firms of the right size and calibre and the Society is not so good that any attention would be paid to it, alas.

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  • Burgess Salmon is a class act. Sure they get good PR out of it, but I cannot think of any other firm to do this sort of thing. Very cool.

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