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Halliwells has pulled the plug on its summer vacation scheme as the troubled firm files a second notice of intention to appoint an administrator.
The 14 work experience students who were due to join the Manchester-headquartered firm on Monday (12 July) have all been informed of the decision.
Despite this Halliwells is still accepting training contract applications as the firm expects to have demand for trainees in its Manchester office, the bulk of which is expected to be taken over by national firm HBJ Gateley Wareing.
Halliwells is also in separate negotiations with Barlow Lyde & Gilbert and Hill Dickinson with any deal needing partnership approval at each firm, as reported by Lawyer2B.com’s sister title TheLawyer.com on 5 July (read more).
Meanwhile, the fate of dozens of Halliwells’ future trainees remains unclear. Seventeen trainees are due to join Halliwells in August 2010 with a further seventeen expected in both January 2011 and June 2011 (read more).
Halliwells is not the only firm to cancel its summer vacation scheme in recent days. Beachcroft also took the axe to its programme after its surprise decision to delay the start dates of trainees due to join the firm in September 2010 and 2011 by 12 months. As a result the firm is no longer accepting applications for training contracts starting in 2012.