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'The Clash Question'

Adam Hattersley offers advice to trainee solicitors worried about not being retained by their firms

8 September 2017

As they approach the end of their training contract, most junior lawyers ask themselves ‘the Clash Question’: should I stay or should I go?

For most, this is a personal and subjective question. It will depend on your experience during your time at the firm, your long-term career ambitions, and the relationships you have built with your colleagues. This, however, is only one side of the coin.

The pressures of securing a training contract have long since passed and you have had nearly two years of hard work on a steep learning curve. But now, a troublesome question looms on the horizon – ‘Will I be retained at the end of my training contract?’

Many trainees wanting to stay on at their firm will be reluctant to explore the jobs market in fear of this filtering back to their employer, but this carries its own r...

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