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Success: KWM confirms ALL current trainees have found new homes

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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