Forty-five future Halliwells trainees see training contracts cancelled

Forty-five Halliwells trainees who were due to start their training contracts during the coming year have had their offers terminated in the wake of the firm’s asset sale.

The trainees, spread across three intakes in August this year and January and June 2011, were informed on Monday (19 July) that their training contracts have been cancelled.

They will be able to reapply to the purchasing firms through the normal recruitment process, but with no guarantee of the original commitment being honoured.

Hill Dickinson has announced that it will take on 24 of the trainees across Liverpool and Sheffield over the next two years, with 10 joining this year, eight in 2011 and six in 2012.

However, two trainees at Halliwells’ City arm who were halfway through their training contracts and due to move to HBJ Gateley Wareing have been already made redundant.

Paul Rose, former graduate recruitment partner at Halliwells, said: “It is very sad and everybody will make attempts to find homes for as many people as we can across the various businesses.”

HBJ Gateley senior partner Mike Ward said: “We believe that all trainees in Manchester who had already started their training contracts have been taken on by HBJ Gateley in Manchester or Barlow Lyde & Gilbert.

“As Halliwells is in administration, they will not be able to take any trainees who had been due to start with them. All such, trainees will need to make new applications for training contracts to the firms of their choice.”

Halliwells completed the break-up and sale of its business this week (20 July) after deals with Hill Dickinson, HBJ Gateley and Barlows were approved by the court.

Hill Dickinson bought the firm’s 19-partner Liverpool office and the remains of its Sheffield practice, while HBJ Gateley purchased the Manchester commercial practice and part of its City arm and Barlows took on Halliwells’ Manchester insurance business as well as two London-based partners.