Test driving trainees

It was refreshing to read Alan Burnhams' viewpoint "Time For a radical rethink on trainees" (10 April). I have worked as a paralegal and an assistant solicitor for a City firm and am now a legal recruitment manager. There is a lot to be said for taking on LPC graduates as paralegals and giving them hands-on experience. The thought that there might be a training contract at the end of their placement would give them something to strive for, probably result in an increase in the quality of work, and is a good way of "test-driving" them. Many City firms lose talented paralegals due to narrow recruitment procedures. A rethink is definitely in order.

Penelope Nunan, recruitment manager, Learned Friends