Other leading firms contribute to the cost of this compulsory short course - and Clifford Chance used to do so. Sympathy for the trainees might be limited, as they earn £42,000 per year. However, the 100 or so students due to start next year might find that they have a cashflow problem if they were counting on receiving some money from their future employer.
One of next year's trainees said: 'I think it’s pretty hypocritical of the firm to make such a big deal of the efforts they make to expand accessibility to the profession, and to then make life so difficult for those of us who can’t turn to mummy and daddy to pick up the bill.' Source: Legal Cheek