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First Accutrainee starts contract in private client firm

The first graduate to start a new model training contract has been placed initially with a boutique private client firm.

6 September 2012

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Flora Hussey, the first participant in Accutrainee, the flexible training contract scheme launched in September last year, has been working at London-based New Quadrant Partners since the latter part of the summer.

Hussey, who converted to law from history and took her LPC at BBP Law School, will then transfer to a top 20 City firm to complete her compulsory contentious seat.

Under the new model, trainees are employed by Accutrainee and seconded to firms and in-house legal departments to do Solicitors Regulation Authority-approved training contracts. They spend a minimum of three months at each firm.

Once Accutrainee have secured secondments that meet the regulatory requirements of the training contract and the needs of the clients, the trainee is recruited, registered as a trainee with the SRA and can begin the contract.

Accutrainee’s CEO Susan Cooper said: “This represents a real milestone not just for Accutrainee, but also the legal profession as a whole. This training contract model gives the lawyers of the future a chance to experience different types of work in different legal environments, helping to shape them for the legal sector of tomorrow.”

Cooper said the Accutrainee model meant creating a bespoke training contract that not only responded to the needs of firms, but also to the particular interests of the trainee.

Cooper added: “We won’t recruit any trainees until we’re confident that we know where they’re going to be going for the two-year period – we don’t want to find ourselves in a position in six months’ time where a trainee is suddenly left in the lurch not knowing what they’re going to do”.

A second trainee is expected to be announced shortly.

Cooper launched Accutrainee in September 2011 in response to the large number LPC-qualified graduates struggling to find training contracts and the fluctuating demand for trainees in firms. Accutrainee says that by providing a flexible alternative to the traditional law firm training contract it can deliver specially selected trainees in line with client’s business needs while removing the risk and administrative, regulatory and financial burdens of taking on trainees.

Accutrainee is authorised by the SRA as a training establishment.

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