Olswang cancels trainee recruitment scheme, defers 2011 intake

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  • "However, we now have many vacancies for paralegal positions in Northern Ireland."

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  • Olswang ahead of the curve as usual... oh wait, 2 years behind, my mistake.

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  • "The firm is however continuing its recruitment of trainee solicitors at its Thames Valley Office".

    That's two trainees.

    And a MA from BPP. Really, is that the best they can do? Would never have happened in Jonny's day...

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  • "Would never have happened in Jonny's day..."

    Others would say that the firm is just reaping what Jonny sowed.

    He was savvy enough to leave before it all went Pete Tong.

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  • Increased outsourcing and automation means less work for trainees to do.

    At least less people coming into firms now means less being sacked in the future as even associate level work starts gets outsourced or automated.

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  • There is pathos in their statement as well as a stunning lack of transparency. Putting someone through an MBA of dubious quality as a sop for not getting a job is second rate. Furthermore instead of dropping half an equity point and thinking about the firm's future, it's clear the partners have decided to pocket the dosh at the expense of others. So nothing's changed really.....

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  • This is an absolute joke. If there were ANY doubts as to the liklihood of the vac schemes going ahead/ training contracts being offered the firm should not have opened the application process. The application form is time consuming if conducted well and to spend such time, with the inevitable doubt that surely existed, shows a complete lack of respect and decency. And as for the 'work experience day' being offered in replacemen.. do me a favour!

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  • Terribly frustrating to be told this after everybody has already submitted their applications.

    In fact, a conspirist may suggest that this was done on purpose for some ulterior reason? Surely this "re-evaluation" should have been undertaken by the firm before candidates were given the opportunity to submit arduous and lengthy applications.

    The firm has certainly gone down in my estimations.

    Very, very poor form indeed.

    I'd be cautious of doing business with them in the future if this is how they treat their prospective employees.

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  • Presumably Olswang will pay the price in future years when potential vac schemers think twice about taking the time to fill in an application. Oh wait a minute, that wont happen because the market is awash with desperado lawyer wanabees. Market forces, why drop half an equity point (as 4:24 suggested) if there is no personal or business benefit.

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  • Talking so much nonsense about skills and attention to detail and provide updates and so forth....this is a very good example of a firm who is not professional and obviously who does not take future trainees seriously...a joke!

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  • I noticed Starbucks next door to olswang had been paint bombed earlier in the week.

    Personally, I think any future action (if you're reading student protesters/anarchists) should be targeted against these. They think they're so flash in their swanky offices on high holborn with an integrated starbucks.

    I hope they all choke on their gingerbread lattes.

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  • They couldn't have figured this out BEFORE everyone spent days creating the perfect application form?

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  • The Olswang trainee I know spent about 30 minutes on her application form - it isn't the most demanding of forms.

    Why the sense of entitlement from so many people looking for a training contract? A firm has to put its own fortunes ahead of its annual trainee recruitment drive or there'll be no firm to train at.

    It's a little concerning that the firm appears to be finding conditions difficult but surely potential applicants realise that the firm wouldn't have spent money on university careers events, often sending key partners to universities, if it had no intention to recruit.

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