Firms and chambers have modified, delayed or cancelled their vacation schemes, training contracts or pupillage processes as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. We will update this page as we receive more confirmations.
Training contract updates
Brabners - the firm postponed its recruitment process until later in the year. 2022 training contract applications will now be accepted until 31st October 2020.
Burges Salmon - suspended direct applications, only recruiting through vacation scheme
Cripps Pemberton Greenish - deferring the application process for 2022 training contracts, looking at "various options around holding this later in the year."
DLA Piper - offered incoming 2020 trainees compensation to defer the start of their training contract until 2021.
DWF - delayed training contracts due to start in 2020. They will now begin in February 2021. The firm intends that future recruitment will not be affected.
Freeths - the firm has currently paused recruitment, but is regularly reviewing the situation.
Herbert Smith Freehills - offered incoming 2020 trainees compensation to defer the start of their training contract by six months.
HFW - offered incoming 2020 trainees compensation to defer the start of their training contract until April 2021.
Irwin Mitchell - delayed training contracts due to start in 2020. They will now begin in February 2021. The firm intends that future recruitment will not be affected.
Orrick - 2022 training contract assessments deferred until early 2021. Applications closed 29 May 2020.
Russell-Cooke - graduate recruitment has been paused and the firm is not taking applications at this time.
VWV - the firm has currently paused recruitment, but is "positive that our recruitment and growth plans will be back on the agenda before long."
Watson Farley & Williams - paused direct applications for 2022 training contracts. Updates will follow later in 2020.
Womble Bond Dickinson - current trainees will complete a fifth seat. Training contracts due to start in 2020 will be deferred until March 2021 at the latest.
Mini pupillage schemes - postponed
Mini pupillage schemes - running virtually
Henderson Chambers (postponed, more details TBA)
GDL: exams for the GDL are not organised by the SRA and each law school will have their own arrangements - consult the relevant provider to learn more.
BPTC: the next opportunity to sit centralised exams will be in August 2020, and these will take place virtually. Students with additional requirements may be able to complete their exams in a test centre. Here's more information from the Bar Standards Board.
SQE: this will replace the LPC and GDL from 2020. The SRA still intends for the first SQE assessments to be sat in autumn 2021, and has announced the following: "We continue to work towards this and at this stage, we do not expect the Covid-19 outbreak to affect our timeline. We will continue to monitor the situation carefully."