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.