Olswang cancels trainee recruitment scheme, defers 2011 intake

Olswang has cancelled its 2013 London graduate recruitment programme due to a revision of the number of trainee solicitors the firm plans to recruit for its London office.

The shock move follows the firm’s decision to defer future trainee solicitors due to join the firm from September 2011. The next round of training contract vacancies will be in September 2014 and March 2015.

In a prepared statement an Olswang spokesperson said: “Along with our competitors, we have seen a change in client demands and this has resulted in a change in our resourcing requirements, particularly at trainee level,”

“We want to ensure that our trainees get consistently excellent experience and on-the-job training during their training contracts, in addition to the required formal training, and we feel that a smaller trainee body will allow us to ensure this consistently as the legal market continues to change.”

Similar to Simmons & Simmons MBA programme set up initially for its deferred trainee intake, Olswang plans to support its deferred trainees by giving them the option to study an MA in Law with Business at BPP Law School.

The deferral programme also means that Olswang will not be going ahead with its London-based vacation scheme.

The firm is however continuing its recruitment of trainee solicitors at its Thames Valley Office, due to it not being affected by the deferral programme, and is accepting applications for aspiring lawyers to start in 2013 and March 2014.