The Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) approached the Law Society with a request to implement new guidance related to retention notice periods.
The JLD is aware that some employers are failing to let their trainees know whether they will be offered a newly qualified position until the last moment, resulting in a number of newly qualified solicitors finding themselves unemployed, without a sufficient notice period to enable them to secure a position elsewhere.
Furthermore, some employers are even unwilling to let their trainees know when they will be in a position to make a decision when asked.
In October 2017 the Law Society agreed to introduce guidance for employers regarding notice periods for the retention of trainee solicitors upon qualification. The Law Society guidance for employers of trainee solicitors states that, as part of good practice: