Olswang signs up to Acculaw after cancelling 2013 graduate recruitment

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  • So does it mean trainees are not gonna be paid anymore? or what is their way of saving £175 000? It is still very difficult to get the training contract and now it will become impossible.

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  • Shame on Olswangs...I personally think that the trainees will suffer considerably and whilst the work trainees undertake now is not of the most complex nature, it will be even further diluted as there will be an 'outsider' menatlity. If a firms management endeavours to cut costs, then it should be just that cutting costs and not cutting corners....

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  • This article is slightly misleading. I've spoken directly to Olswang and they are only recruiting one trainee via the Acculaw scheme as a trial. They will still be recruiting trainees via training contracts as per usual with the addition of the extra one.

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  • This is certainly worrying, but there are positive aspects too: for example German trainee lawyers work through a series of placements in different firms (including international firms), and public sector legal services/the courts before they qualify. I think that giving Trainees as wide an experience as possible by increasing the scope for external placements can be a benefit.
    From my own experience, the notion of trainee retention by firms, particularly in the recession, is a little wishful anyway. This sounds like it might be a good way for Trainees to increase their marketability to other firms or types of legal work in the not unlikely event that they will have to find work elsewhere as an NQ.

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