Halliwells trainees face uncertain future as firm files to go into administration

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  • I was a trainee at a firm that was intervened, luckily I managed to get taken on at another firm, but what really struck me was the lack of help from the SRA.
    Apparently the Bar has a system to help pupil barristers complete their training if a chambers closes down. From what I am told this involves putting them in contact with chambers where they can complete their training.
    Given the current economic climate, the high number of firms going under, and the amount of Trainees who are going to have their careers ruined, is it not time for the SRA to do something similar?

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  • Re the above comment.
    No it is not time for the SRA to do anything.
    Due to the supply demand imbalance law is a high risk career. If you choose to take that risk then you should bear the consequences if it goes wrong.
    The real solution is for the Labour market to adjust so that there is a sensible balance between the supply and demand for lawyers.
    At the moment there are far too many lawyers and in that sense there seems little point in continuing to train more!
    Glad you sorted out a training position but the real test is whether there is a job for you when you are no longer cheap labour.

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