Shoosmiths starts hiring trainees again

Shoosmiths has reopened its trainee ­recruitment programme after last year emerging as the only major firm to ­withdraw training contract offers from future joiners.

The national firm caused controversy when it asked its September 2009 intake to either defer their start dates or withdraw their training contracts. The firm offered no compensation in return.

HR director Louise ­Hadland commented: “The firm took 12 trainees in ­September 2009 from a group of 20. Eight are due to join us this September and we anticipate business demand will see us ­requiring more.

“The difference will be made up from the original 2010 intake.

“This in turn leaves us needing more in 2011, which is why we’re starting a recruitment drive to cover the 2011 shortfall, plus the new 2012 intake.”

When the firm withdrew its training contracts two future joiners, Tom Goff and George Roberts, wrote an open letter to The Lawyer’s sister magazine Lawyer 2B defending the firm.

While this made the pair the butt of a flurry of abuse and ridicule, Shoosmiths’ chief executive at the time Paul Stothard refused to defend them publicly, although he did stand by the firm’s decision not to offer any compensation to ­deferring trainees.