Halliwells: future Manchester and London trainees left jobless

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  • "Saturated market" - cheers for the cliché wisdom but that is far from the issue. The very fact that trainees appreciate the supply and demand inequalities is exactly why they are so delighted when offered a TC and subsequently distraught when that is taken away for reasons that no one would have predicted two years ago.

    The folk who have had their training contracts withdrawn have every right to be disgruntled and who's to say they aren't actively pursuing alternative careers.

    If you could float down from your position of higher wisdom you might stumble upon some compassion.

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  • A huge amount of sympathy goes out to all of you, I know how long that application process took, not to mention a years hard slog at the LPC and it seems really unfair that simply because you decided to go for Halliwells above any other TC offers you may have recieved that you have ended up in this position. Those of you that I know are all lovely people and will prove to be great assets to the firms you end up at.

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  • Really feel for those who have had their TCs withdrawn/ ended prematurely. Even though those qualifying soon must be worried about retention/ post qualification prospects.

    I lost my job as a 1+ PQE (in com property). Have been forced to change career after more than a year of no success securing work elsewhere. Now I'm sure it's a blessing in disguise.

    I always wonder how many jobless NQs/ juniors have had to take the same path as I. Perhaps I'm biased, but certainly my advice would be that, to those considering a legal career in the property sector, don't.

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  • I agree with the above post. Although I am still working as a solicitor it is obvious that other careers offer much better rewards and more job security.

    Eventually legal work will be mostly done by paralegals and solicitors will be fighting for very few openings.

    The future is definitly not orange.

    Law is far too risky particularly in this day and age.

    Don't self fund the LPC it is seriously a waste of money because it will more than likely lead to years of low paid paralegal work.

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  • Presumably the qualification ball in August is cancelled?

    Or is it still compulsory to come, Frances?

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  • I'm not surprised to hear of so many disappointed trainees but what do they think the SRA can, or should, do?

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  • lol @ A Broken Camel - it wouldn't surprise me if it still was compulsory

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  • As with the Shoosmiths saga, the SRA roll out the same gutless line; "this is an employment law issue". Too true it is - but why this stops the SRA compelling the transfer of trainees to other firms during a firm's collapse or at least issuing penal measures against the acquirer of the business of a collapsed firm baffles me. If an acquirer were to sack contracted employees in this manner in an ordinary takeover then TUPE would protect said employee and nail said firm. If the SRA cannot regulate a fairly basic set of circumstances covered by statute in other similar circumstances, for the benefit of the apprentice and most vulnerable end of its profession, then it serves as much practical use as a Porsche Boxter minus its engine.

    Given that the SRA have now failed to act twice in appalling circumstances then at the very least they should dispense with the regulation prohibiting prospective trainees from applying to other firms having accepted an offer of a Training Contract. If the SRA fails to provide traineeship security for the trainee then why should firms receive security of trainee loyalty?

    Yet again these circumstances highlight the curiously eccentric desire of law firms to recruit 2 years in advance blind of future conditions. A reactive, fluid and quickstep trainee recruitment programme is commonplace in other industries - why the legal profession has to be bloody awkward and downright stupid about this procedure is a mystery to me.

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  • If anyone who was due to start as a trainee with Halliwells in 2010 is interested in claimant professional negligence / insurance work, based in the City, please feel free to send your CV to david.pryce@fenchurchlaw.co.uk.

    Best of luck to all concerned.

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  • @Pat

    Haaaaaaahahahaahha. Haaaaaaaaahahahahaaha. I bet you would make just the perfect dinner guest as you are right about absolutely everything. Think you should become a postman instead, and buy a nice black and white cat to talk cat litter to. What a hobbesian fello you are: solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short (in the Leviathan sense of course)

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