advice on pulling out of training contract after accepting it Watch
I'm in potentially a bit of a tricky situation atm and was hoping to get some advice from people who have experienced the industry.
Basically, I applied last year to a good silver circle firm around August. Turns out they were the only ones open at the time and so I applied as a bit of a warm-up for the main applications in October. Luckily I got in - and of course they only gave me a month to make my mind up. So I ultimately accepted.
However having talked to people over this past year in the industry, I've now applied to the Magic circle and american firms. They've said that for CV the place you train is pretty important, and that I should make sure I'm not selling myself short. They've also suggested I'm a strong candidate so should get a top-tier offer as well.
My question is - say I get an offer from a magic circle or american outfit by the end of August - how should I approach it?
I am starting my GDL in September too bear in mind.
Currently I'm thinking if I get an offer I should do as follows:
1. contact the College of Law and ask if they can hold my place - and explain I'm switching funding providers. Should get a good idea of the financial situation with this chat.
2. contact silver circle firm, apologise, make my excuses, and say I'll return any money they've paid me thus far (just a language bursary). Also say I'm pulling out now as it'll be easy to replace me with their current applications process.
3. If all things go well, I can then accept the new offer
No, we will not interview anyone who has accepted a training contract with another firm. We are signatories to the SRA’s 'Voluntary code to good practice in the recruitment of trainee solicitors', which states that, "Once a student has accepted an offer, the student must inform all other employers who have made an offer or invited them to attend for interview and make no further applications for a training contract".
This isn't just me saying this, a friend of mine was in this situation recently as she fell out of love with her firm and we spoke to a number of tutors on the LPC about it, and they highlighted the above. Best of luck though, i hope you get a TC where you want
As others have said, there's a voluntary code of good practice that firms generally abide by when making offers. If enough people like yourself don't play by the rules, the system collapses. If the magic circle and US firms find out what you've done, I doubt they will be too impressed: it shows an incredible lack of loyalty.
I say: suck it up. You've committed to a silver circle firm - that will stand you in excellent stead for the rest of your career, and as this article shows, many people "trade up" a tier on qualification anyway.
Can I just ask what your situation is (degree etc..)? Just because I am just about to withdraw from the GDL as I have been unable to secure the funds for the fees and have not had any luck with any TCs at all and have basically been told on here to just give up trying really...
Congratulations on what you have achieved so far.