UK firms offer trainees short-term employment

August 28, 2013 Roll on Friday reports that some major UK law firms are offering trainees short term contracts rather than permanent employment upon qualification.

The publication asked fifty leading firms about the terms upon which they were retaining newly qualified lawyers, and learned that many law firms are offering fixed terms to part of their qualifying cohorts. Five of the 12 retained qualifiers at Field Fisher Waterhouse will be on 12 month FTCs, and there are four at DLA Piper, three at Irwin Mitchell and two apiece at Hogan Lovells and Pinsent Masons. CMS Cameron McKenna, Eversheds have offered fixed term contracts for periods of six and three months respectively.

One NQ at each of Trowers & Hamlins, DAC Beachcroft, Mills & Reeve and Taylor Wessing will also be on a FTC, while Olswang's Global HR Director said, "We are unable to share the number of FTCs offered this year, but it is a solution that we have used in this and previous recruitment rounds to make sure we retain the best talent".

Four firms failed to confirm one way or the other: Shoosmiths, Charles Russell, Shearman & Sterling and Clarke Willmott.

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