City firms urged to save Ince trainees

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By Rhys Duncan on


Question mark over future of embattled outfit

The City of London Law Society (CLLS) has called on City firms to step in and save trainees at Ince as questions grow over the future of the embattled outfit.

CLLS chair Colin Passmore has written to managing partners across the City urging them to help find homes for around 30 Ince trainees. Ince didn’t respond to our request for comment.

Ince has had a difficult year to say the least. In April, Legal Cheek reported that the firm had fallen into administration before eventually finding a buyer in the form of Axiom DWFM, which itself rebranded to Axiom Ince. At the time, a spokesperson for Ince — which operates as a separate entity from Axiom — confirmed trainee solicitor roles were safe as well as those with training contract offers.

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Fast forward several weeks and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) suspended three of Axiom Ince’s directors for alleged breaches of the Solicitors Act. This included the now former managing partner, Pragnesh Modhwadia.

It was also reported yesterday Modhwadia has been made subject to a freezing order after at least £64 million was found to be missing from Axiom Ince’s client account. The firm has brought a claim for breach of fiduciary duty against Modhwadia and obtained the order seeking to him from “disposing of or dealing with any of his assets which are in England and Wales up to the value of £57,522,510,” the website RollOnFriday reports.

Modhwadia’s whereabouts are currently unknown, but a lawyer purporting to represent him said the SRA’s investigation was at an early stage and asked that “premature conclusions” not be drawn.

Axiom Ince has been approached for comment.

UPDATE: September 6 — 8:57am

Timur Rustem, a senior solicitor at London firm Rustem Guardian Solicitors which is representing Modhwadia, said: “Our client is fully engaging with both the regulator and individual solicitors acting on behalf of the company. He is the owner and is fully engaged to providing information and documentation as and when required. His major concerns are for his employees, the clients and the company.”

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“How was this even possible?”

You ask this question as an inmate of a universe where two particles can be entangled over interstellar distances, where the very nature of time is at best counterintuitive and at worst logically contradictory, and where a lecherous builder can become the most powerful elected person in the entire world. And your belief is beggared by a poorly-performing law firm?

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The SRA will do sweet FA about this, they’re too busy hammering trainees for sneezing the wrong way

Ince Post Room Staff

And company goes into administration but dear god, who will take care of the poor trainees!

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Maybe keep shuffling mail?


It’s a site mainly for students, graduates, paralegals and trainees. Of course this audience wants to hear about those roles first.
Having worked in a support team myself, I’m sorry you could lose your job but I’m not sure that an article on how the post staff, reprographics, secretaries, BD team or HR are going to relocate is relevant to this particular audience.

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Also it’s traditionally difficult to rehome trainees, as it doesn’t fit in with normal recruiting patterns – there is not a market for trainees part through a TC, that there is for say experienced lawyers or support staff.

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The point is it is bad that the support staff etc and indeed the qualified solicitors will lose their jobs but fundamentally its pretty clear what their next steps are. But if you’re a half-qualified trainee where do you even start to look?


Ince training contract offer holder here. No clue what they’re going to do with us. Heard basically nothing back from HR and recruitment. A formal email explaining everything to us would be nice!

Rhys Duncan

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