Eversheds has become the latest firm to reopen its graduate recruitment programme after confirming it has offered positions to all of the trainees it deferred in 2009 as well as its scheduled 2010 cohort.
In total the firm expects to take on 76 trainee solicitors in 2010 made up of 49 from its 2010 intake and the 27 candidates it deferred from 2009.
CEO Bryan Hughes said: “Whilst the economy remains fragile in some areas we’re seeing the benefits of having proactively managed our business as our performance continues to improve.”
The news comes after Eversheds asked its September 2009 trainees to defer the start of their training contracts for £5,000 or be employed as a paid paralegal for one year (read article).
The firm also cancelled its summer vacation schemes in 2009 but has confirmed that it will kick-start these again now that its graduate recruitment programme is underway once more.
Elsewhere, both Field Fisher Waterhouse and LG have re-opened their graduate recruitment programmes after cancelling them in 2009.