Success: KWM confirms ALL current trainees have found new homes

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Legal Cheek revealed rescue plan back in December


King & Wood Mallesons Global (KWM) has confirmed that ALL of its UK, Europe & the Middle East (EUME) trainees have now landed training positions at other firms.

Caroline Sarson — who is a graduate recruitment and development manager at KWM — broke the good news on LinkedIn. Thanking everyone who was involved in the rescue plan, she revealed that all the firm’s trainees have now found “great firms to continue their legal careers with!”


Back in December, we revealed a secret rescue plan that would eventually see all of the firm’s 60 or so stranded trainees being taken on elsewhere.

Though this news was met with scepticism from some Legal Cheek readers, in the end around 17 firms stepped in and helped out. These included Allen & Overy, Ashurst, Baker McKenzie, DLA Piper, Fieldfisher, Freshfields, Fried Frank, Goodwin Procter, Greenberg Traurig, Hogan Lovells, Holman Fenwick Willan, Macfarlanes, Osborne Clarke, Reed Smith, Stephenson Harwood and White & Case.

Cancelling all of its training contracts earlier this month, the EUME arm of KWM formally entered into administration on 17 January.

But spare a thought for those who had training contract offers on the table, but were awaiting their start dates. With these contracts now revoked, Legal Cheek understands that the vast majority are having to undertake the dreaded application process all over again.

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Ex Future KWM Trainee

What about future KWM trainees?



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The priority was always going to be with the current trainees to ensure they had the chance to qualify. Although I suspect some conversations will also be had about future trainees, those affected should be looking at the firms who have taken on the current trainees and be contacting them seeing if there are options for them to be taken on as well.





Future MC Trainee

I was applying for VS’s and TCs a few years ago. Caroline Sarson was one of the nicest and most helpful GRMs – I hope she finds a new position at a good firm soon.

Also sad that KWM’s PLUM is no more. Definitely one of the best graduate recruitment brochures out there as it was updated every year and actually enjoyable to read!



Yep! Their graduate recruitment brochures was definitely one of the best in the market! Almost swayed me to apply to them!


City trainee

It was a pile of two-bit marketing puff. You would seriously choose your TC based on a brochure?



Who remembers the time when Caroline was still with Mayer Brown



It is impressive that this process has been completed within 2 months, especially given the delays in the administration process and where Christmas was right in the middle of it all. The same processes for both Halliwells and Dewey took longer and they had far fewer trainees to consider, and in the case of Halliwells had dedicated resources to coordinate the process.

Guessing that Caroline and others who have supported her have not been paid for the last 3-4 weeks of their efforts, or at best have no guarantees of being paid. Let’s hope someone is as supportive in finding them new roles as they have been with the trainees.



“Found new homes”, is not the same as saying “found new training contracts”. No doubt most of them are working as legal assistants on 6 month contracts. Cucks



The SRA are likely to sign it off through the equivalent means process even if they weren’t technically a on a new TC.



We (firm not credited in the article) took two. They started Monday and are fully fledged trainees.



““Found new homes”, is not the same as saying “found new training contracts”. No doubt most of them are working as legal assistants on 6 month contracts. Cucks”




Gotta love how these KWM trainees had to settle for Magic Circle firms because the real law firm heavyweights like Shoosmiths and Irwin Mitchell didn’t want to take them


Salacious gossip

Rumours have it two KWM trainees joined top City titan Irwin Mitchell for two weeks before breaking down in sobs due to the sheer intensity of the heavy-weight deals IM regularly closes.

Well, it’s either that, or the morbidly obese, flatulent partners scared off further prospective employees.


Obese Flatulent Irwin Mitchell Partner

I’ll have you know Irwin Mitchell, regularly closes massive deals on monumentus scales. One deal we closed just recently was about one 10 boy who wanted buy a chocolate bar in the cornershop. We advised him using our utmost highly skilled staff. I think one partner even wept at one point due to how huge and how much time the deal was taken for the firm.


Adam Deen

Lol Shoosmiths and Irwin Mitchell ARE magic circle, fool! You look so thick mate!



KWM v2 didn’t take on any of them then?



I wonder if Caroline S is related to the vinegar family.

Whatever, good on her for helping to achieve some decency in the middle of that shabby nonsense.



Well done to Caroline and everyone else involved! I remember her from my Mayer Brown days when she was in graduate recruitment there.



What about business services staff who still haven’t found work? Who’s looking out for them?



Thank you!! Whilst I am really pleased the trainees have been sorted some of us support staff are still searching 🙁


Ex-KWM Trainee

Oh yeah, bagged a spot at top firm Fried Frank! Big US dolla here I cuuuuuuuum!


Comment Section gives me cancer

Interesting to see those previous Legal Cheek readers getting angry and questioning the veracity of Legal Cheek’s reporting last year/this year when they said firms were coming around and hiring Trainees. Well, I guess you all got proven wrong. Every time, I read Legal Cheek’s comment section, I genuinely question whether you all read law.



I think the anger was aimed at the reports of Allen & Overy and Linklaters ‘rescuing’ everyone – in reality they only took on a handful.



I don’t think they ever suggested A&O and Links would take on everyone or even large number considering KWM had about 50 trainees. Just typical Legal Cheek readers being quick to get angry.


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