Linklaters conquers downturn by farming out trainees to clients.

Magic circle firm Linklaters has created an extra 20 secondment places for its trainees in response to the economic slowdown.

Linklaters&#39 derivatives head Simon Firth said the scheme was launched to make use of &#34surplus capacity&#34 while there was a reduced amount of work in the office. He added: &#34The other thing to do would be to reduce numbers, but that&#39s not really an option for us.&#34

The firm asked key clients to take on a trainee for a six-month period. &#34We asked our trainees to volunteer to go and most of them jumped at the chance. From the trainees&#39 perspective it has been successful. It is also a good opportunity for us to make an investment in our clients,&#34 said Firth.