Freshfields’ Rawlinson made trainee chief

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has revamped its interview panel following the appointment of corporate rainmaker Mark Rawlinson as the firm’s new trainee recruitment partner.


Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has revamped its interview panel following the appointment of corporate rainmaker Mark Rawlinson as the firm’s new trainee recruitment partner.

Rawlinson will spend around 500 hours a year on graduate recruitment activities while continuing with fee-earning.

He told The Lawyer: “We’ve always had a very high ratio of acceptances from potential trainees. This has eroded a little, and as a firm we’re very keen to improve our competitive position. I’ve therefore been revamping our interview panel to give it a fresher feel, balanced by some experienced hands.”

In a bid to reinvigorate the magic circle firm’s UK trainee recruitment programme, Rawlinson has signed up 14 partners who will each commit to a minimum of 100 hours a year to interview candidates and liaise with universities.

The partners, who represent Freshfields’ major practice areas, including corporate, finance, dispute resolution, employment, real estate and IP/IT, are: John Blain, Gillian Eastwood, Chris Forsyth, Kathleen Healy, Andrew Hutchings, Simon Johnson, Emma Kendall, Marcus MacKenzie, Flora McLean, Alex Mitchell, Raj Parker, Nigel Rawding, Ben Spiers and Claire Wills.