Recruiters: Cobbetts was continuing to hire lawyers up until December

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  • Hiring staff when the firm's on the cusp of filing for administration is pretty unconscionable isn't it? I'm not sure that Cobbets is filing for administration because because the government is taking a "wrecking ball to the legal services industry"... Why should anyone spend more than necessary on lawyers?

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  • Actually they were still recruiting in January...

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  • Yes, the "wrecking ball" comment is off the mark in this instance as Cobbetts don't really get involved in those markets effected by the most recent Legal Services Act.

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  • I think candidates placed there might have a valid claim against the recruitment consultants who will place one anywhere for a fee, for misrepresentation if they were told that Cobbetts was a great place to go to and have given up secure jobs to join the "steady ship"

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  • Genuinely pretty shocked by this. Feel for the lawyers in question. Imagine if they gave up secure jobs to go there. Nightmare.

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  • I really feel for the junior lawyers in all of this, who probably have been left in the dark up until now. Not an easy time to find a new job.

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  • Hopefully this is a wake up call to those who use recruiters (both employers and emplyees). Having owned what was the largest legal recruiter in UK the suggestion that recruitment was continuing in December 2012 is an indictment on both sides. It is incumbent on a quality recruiter to 'know' thier client well - it is the only way they can provide service and add value. May be they were just interested in the fee and only employ persons who are motivated only by commission, not the outcomes.

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  • The candidate has a claim against the recruiter; the recruiter has a claim against the firm, balderdash! Frankly how anyone (recruiter or lawyer) didn’t see this coming astounds me. The only surprise is that Cobbetts defied gravity for so long. I give DWF five years at best!

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  • For what it's worth, it's fair to assume that any recruiter placing someone in Cobbetts in recent months will not be getting their invoice paid. Some sort of justice, I suppose. I really do feel for anyone who gave up a good job to go there recently - shame on Cobbetts and shame on the recruiter.

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  • Some of these comments are so uninformed and knee jerk that it beggars belief. If a client such as Cobbetts, through lengthy senior level discussions advises a recruiter of their committment to recruiting a candidate , would you advise that this is ignored and not passed on to the candidate in question? Perhaps people are rather too easily forgetting the length of time that this firm was in business for and the fact that, until relatively recently, they were viewed as one of the most stable and values driven commercial practices around. They were hardly a fly by night type of firm. Given that even the Cobbetts partners were shocked by what happened how are people on the outside supposed to have a greater level of knowledge? If you take a look at the size of their creditors list you might start to appreciate just how many people still believed that they were a practice that could reliably be traded with.

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