A&O grad intake up in the air

By Leanne Mezrani|19 August 2013

The Australian arm of Allen & Overy is weighing up whether to reduce its graduate intake following the Magic Circle firm’s decision to cut trainee recruitment by 15 per cent.

A&O announced last week (15 August) that it will recruit 85 trainees per year as of 2015, down from the current annual intake of 90.

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A firm spokesperson told Lawyers Weekly that A&O’s Australian offices are currently reviewing applications and it is not yet clear whether local graduate intake will decline in 2014.

“No local decisions have been made in relation to [graduate] intake as yet,” the spokesperson said, adding that the firm is “very pleased with the quality of the candidates” vying for a job at the firm.

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The firm has also released retention figures for its September intake. Of the 54 trainees that applied, the firm offered 45 positions and 39 individuals accepted the offer, translating into a retention rate of 72 per cent.

A&O grad intake up in the air
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