News Private Client UK Business Leadership Careers Prince Harry’s girlfriend starts Farrers vac scheme By The Lawyer 10 December 2008 14:43 13 December 2015 22:03 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Anonymous 10 December 2008 at 14:49 Unfair That is so unfair – there are so many people who are desperate to get a place on a vac scheme and chelsy davy who probably will never pratice as a lawyer uses her future mother-in-law to get a vac scheme place. There’s absolutely no justice in this world. Reply Link Anonymous 10 December 2008 at 15:20 Unfair? I’m sure it’s not just Chelsy Davy who has used contacts to gain work experience. In fact I’d say almost half of the places filled are through contacts one way or another. Not unfair, just the way it is! And considering the use of so many networking tools these days if you haven’t made any contacts in your relevant field, maybe you should look in to that? Reply Link Anonymous 10 December 2008 at 15:24 Don’t be so pathetic….! Give the girl a break! The poor girl is doing a placement to try and get a training contract for a good City law firm and everyone has a massive hang up about it. At least she wants a career and isn’t just planning of polishing the crown jewels for the rest of her life! Reply Link susan demin 10 December 2008 at 15:32 its not unfair it is just reality if you are an important client at a law firm or a bank then you can ask the question on behalf of your son, niece, grandson’s girlfriend. at least this girlfriend of a royal is working and studying. they are damned if they do and danmed if they dont. besides she might not marry harry. Reply Link Anonymous 10 December 2008 at 16:50 Why is this unfair? It is ridiculous to criticise this girl for using a contact to get a vac scheme. Chelsy is clearly an able girl with a good degree from a well regarded university. She’s as equipped as any other graduate to be a successful vac student or trainee. The city is a place where friendships/ favours/ contacts/ nepotism play a major part on a daily basis. The sooner people realise this the better. It’s seems so bitter to say her vac scheme is ‘unfair’. The reality is that there are a huge amount of intelligent graduates applying for a limited no of placements/ training contracts. All are as able as the next to do the job. If all else is equal then what does the firm have to lose by giving the place to an associate of a client? It would be a fair assumption to say that Chelsy is well connected herself so could offer commercial opportunities to Farrer in the future. Law firms are businesses not charities. Fairness doesn’t come into it. If an individual can potentially bring money to a firm then the job will be theirs. And that is the way it should be. Reply Link E. Windsor 10 December 2008 at 17:05 Last post 1) The City IS a place where contacts are useful, but only when contacts think you’ve got talent, not just that you’re famous. Nepotism won’t get you far. 2) If Farrers gave CD a vac scheme because they thought she would get business through her own contacts, fair enough. But also stupid: who is going to give work to a firm because the 23 year-old girlfriend of Britain’s thickest and most drunken royal works there? Reply Link Anonymous 10 December 2008 at 17:08 Fair’s fair Who is to say that she did not secure the vacation scheme through the normal channels? I acknowledge, there is a good chance that her connection to the Royal Family was at least an influencing factor for Farrers, but this remains unproven. In any event, this must be viewed in context. Many hopefully young lawyers use their connections to give them that added advantage. One might even suggest that it demonstrates networking skills, a vital skill for a prospective solicitor, particularly if they wish to reach associate / partnership level. Reply Link Anonymous 10 December 2008 at 17:30 Response to E Windsor 1) Disagree with this point. You’d be amazed how many thick but connected people there are in firms. If, by simply being there, an individual will bring £2m to a firm per year then simple maths shows that it makes sense to pay them £500k per annum as a rainmaker and pay some backroom geek £200k per annum to do the work. The rest goes to the other partners who will say thanks very much. 2) Disagree. If one of CD’s many influential contacts needs legal work done in London either now or in the future then why would they not use her as first port of call? If nothing else she could refer to someone else in the the firm. 3) Why refer to Harry as the thickest and most drunken royal? He’s just a boystrous young man, no different to anyone else of his age, notwithstanding that his social preferences have no direct influence on his girlfirend’s ability to do well on a vac scheme. Reply Link jimmy 10 December 2008 at 17:39 old school ties firm having previously worked at the firm, I can say for certain the more than 30% of the vac scheme places are given out on the basis of priviledge – CD is simply one of many Reply Link Pain Hix Bitch 10 December 2008 at 17:57 A bit of glam Poor old Farrers need a bit of glamour injeting into their fusty dusty image. Ever since Ms Steel Magnolia departed for PHB they have reverted to type, so our Chelsy will serve to get their name back into Hello, OK etc. Reply Link City Gent 11 December 2008 at 18:07 Farrers Well Jimmy, I have to say it’s surprising that they offered you a job when you can’t even spell privilege! Reply Link Scary Mary 12 December 2008 at 10:15 Oh dear, Mr Littlewood Employees, or employERS? Reply Link jimmy 12 December 2008 at 13:10 exactly my point Quite right you are fine city gent, that is my old american spelling popping out again – I should have known better and got a yankee job instead of trying to play the school tie game. Reply Link Anonymous 12 December 2008 at 16:38 Doesn’t Make It Fair Just because something happens all the time does not make it fair. Getting places because of who you know is not fair when there are many talented others who fail year after year because they haven’t grown up surrounded by lawyers and other wealthy people. But if these people are talented and do still go through the right channels, I don’t really see the problem because then they should be the best person for the job and that will show up in the interview etc. I have a good degree but unfortunately, I do not have any real ties to the legal profession. Or the Queen. I’m a paralegal at a city firm and have witnessed people being offered work experience leading to training contracts because their dad refers work to us/ their grandmother’s friend’s daughter’s ex-husband (seriously) knows a senior partner despite the fact that they have to ask me how to use the photocopier and I don’t see how that is fair at all. Reply Link Someone who can spell 12 December 2008 at 18:43 American spelling? Jimmy dear, “priviledge” is not a word in any language. Were you working there as a cleaner perchance? Reply Link Anonymous 22 December 2008 at 16:51 Really? Honestly what is all this about?? Yes she might have got her placement at Farrer’s through a contact, no that’s not 100% fair to those who are as able/more able than she is but its life. I agree, the poor girl can’t win. In the majority of city firms however, they’re trying to steer clear of this, and I know of one firm where there is a set vacation scheme for those referred by partners’ contacts etc where TCs aren’t handed out like the drop of a hat. Reply Link Lizi 14 January 2009 at 17:17 How do you know she used a “contact”? How do all you skeptics know that Chelsy Davy doesn’t deserve her vacation scheme placement? Unless you know that she is less bright, able or willing than anyone else who applied it’s totally unfair to say that she doesn’t deserve it. She’s obviously worked hard to get her economics degree and now she’s working towards a law degree too. Why do you assume that she was only given her placement because of her boyfriend? I feel bad for her, if she hadn’t got one people would have slammed her for being too lazy to work, and now that she has one, people are slamming her for using connections!! Reply Link Lizi 14 January 2009 at 17:20 Priviledge Oh and Jimmy I’m a yankee too and we don’t spell it priviledge, that’s just a misspelling! We spell it privilege, just like in England … Reply Link Lawyer 17 January 2009 at 06:58 Get over it In response to the first post: So CD is gorgeous and apparently bright (enough to get an economics degree and potentially a post-graduate law one). Get over it already. Millions of people over the world use their ‘connections’ in one way or another, big or small. Come on, take a step back and look at your daily life – don’t you whine a bit to get your boyfriend to do what you want; be nicer to your boss so he just might provide a bit of leeway when you make a (small) mistake sometimes? Not quite the same analogy I recognise, but you get the point. Kudos to CD, and go cry your heart out you who just can’t make the cut. Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.