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Dundas and Wilson has told London trainees due to qualify in 2013 that they face a scramble for newly qualified (NQ) jobs.
The Scottish firm has confirmed that there are only three positions for its trainees in the London office, after it failed to make up any partners in its London office, despite a bumper promotions round across its Scottish offices (1 May 2013).
Dundas declined to comment further. It is not known what practice areas the three positions are in.
Last month, Dundas’ latest partner exit took the total number of partners leaving the firm during the last year to 15. In April, M&A and joint ventures lawyer Jai Bal and City corporate specialist Julian Mattthews joined full-service top 100 firm Wedlake Bell (12 April 2013). Earlier in the year John Pike joined Osborne Clarke, accompanied by a team of former Dundas lawyers (1 February 2013).
Despite the string of exits, Dundas’ co-managing partner Caryn Penley insisted in February that its London office was still at the heart of its growth strategy (7 February 2013).
Penley said: “We’ve been open about our plans to manage our business. We’re focusing on our strengths in both Scotland and London. Last month, for the first time, we were appointed to the Government Procurement Service legal panel in England & Wales. Our London office is a key platform for us going forward.”
She added: “We don’t comment on individual departures or rumours. We are acting decisively to manage our business and some departures are a consequence of that.”