Mishcon de Reya is to recruit its future trainees purely from its vacation scheme, in an effort to ensure that it succeeds in capturing the best candidates possible.
Its 2017 cohort will be the first group to come solely from its vacation scheme, which the firm runs three times a year. Around one-third of vac schemers will be successful in securing a training contract, as Mishcon takes on around 12 trainees a year and is looking to increase the numbers on its vacation schemes slightly, from 30 to 35, across the three schemes.
From this month, the firm will start to recruit its vacation scheme students for Easter and summer 2015. It is among only a few firms to recruit solely from its vacation scheme, with Nabarro, Skadden and Morrison & Foerster among those which do.
Graduate recruitment adviser Charlotte Lynch explained that the firm would be flexible with regard to applicants with extenuating circumstances but added that the firm believed most would be able to take time off from existing jobs or responsibilities in order to attend the two-week scheme.
She said: “We decided on this because we felt that the training contract application only allowed us to see people for one day and that it doesn’t necessarily allow candidates to shine.
“People who perform well on an assessment day and are very polished aren’t necessarily the best candidates, while those who are intimidated by the process can be very good candidates.”
She added that the firm believed allowing applicants the chance to get to know the firm over a two-week period, rather than making a judgement based on one day, was also beneficial.
This is not the only recent change at Mishcon, as managing partner Kevin Gold revealed last week an ‘agile working program’ that enables staff to work three-day weeks and take as much holiday as they like (3 October 2014).