Clarke Willmott scraps 2012 training programme

Clarke Willmott has put its trainee recruitment on hold, informing law students that it is not taking applications for its September 2012 intake.

Chief executive Stephen Rosser told The Lawyer that the deadline set for the end of this month is no longer applicable.

“We’re a new board, so we need to make sure that the planning and recruitment process is right for our requirements,” he said.

“We’re not planning any deferrals; I’m deferring the start of this process.”

He said that the firm expected to come to a decision on how many people it would require for the September 2012 start date by the end of September this year.

Rosser also confirmed that there would be “no change” to either the 2010 or 2011 intake groups, when the firm anticipates hiring 11 and eight trainees respectively, while the summer vacation scheme that Clarke Willmott launched in 2008 (20 May 2008) is “continuing as normal” and is “very popular and full”.