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How not to get a training contract at Alan & Ovary, Freshfields Brickhouse Deringer and Shirley & Herman

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Grad recruiters reveal favourite firm name blunders

Despite being one of the most important documents they’ll ever draft, aspiring lawyers continue to drop that biggest of training contract application no-nos — incorrectly spelling the firm’s name.

Taking to LinkedIn, Shearman & Sterling‘s UK graduate recruitment manager, Paul Gascoyne, revealed a number of the different variations of the firm’s name he’d seen by way of training contact apps.

Providing a couple of near misses such as “Sherman & Sterling” (missing an ‘a’) and “Shearman & Stirling” (‘i’ instead of ‘e’), Gascoyne said his “personal favourite” was Shirley & Herman, a name which sounds more US sitcom than US law firm.

The 2019 Legal Cheek Firms Most List

Commenting on Gascoyne’s now viral post, City law firm recruiter Jessica Booker provided a couple of clangers of her own, writing: “The amount of times I read ‘Alan & Ovary’ and Freshfields Brickhouse Deringer…”

Amusing blunders aside, the hunt for a training contract remains as tough as ever.

Data compiled as part of Legal Cheek’s 2019 Firms Most List showed that training contract places were up from 2,024 to 2,035 across the major 70 UK-based corporate firm — a rise of just 0.5%. This is significantly down from the pre-crash high of 6,303 over a decade ago.

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'Berg HR

Please feel free to refer to us as the ‘Berg in applications.

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Anonymous

How are Alan’s Ovaries?

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Anonymous

Full of fluid the gynaecologist says! #gynabants

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Anonymous

Also agree – reflects on the culture of the firms, and how they treat trainees.

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Shirley. And Herman.

We can see you’re deleting comments. What’s the point in allowing comments to delete all of the legitimate ones?

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