Slaughter and May and other firms’ Easter vacation schemes are being disrupted by the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
Slaughters has become one of the first U.K. firms to cancel its work experience vacation program, with others also affected.
The Magic Circle firm’s work experience scheme is one of two that it runs each year, with the other held in the summer. A spokesperson for Slaughters confirmed to Law.com International’s Legal Week that the scheme has been cancelled in light of the ongoing disruption.
According to the firm’s website, the Easter vacation scheme is a one-week work experience programme open to law and non-law students in their penultimate year of undergraduate study.
Last week, the firm confirmed that it was testing its remote working capabilities by instructing teams of staff to work from home. Other firms including Linklaters, Hogan Lovells and Dechert are trialing siilar initiatives.
U.K. top 50 firm Charles Russell Speechlys has also postponed its spring vacation schemes which were set to be held in the firm’s London, Cheltenham and Guildford offices in the coming weeks. A spokesperson for CRS told Law.com International’s Legal Week it would likely be rescheduled for after the summer, depending on the situation then.
Over 30 law firms hold spring vacation schemes in the U.K., and others are considering whether or not to go ahead with their programmes.
A spokesperson for Holman Fenwick Wilman told Legal Week that its HR team is monitoring the situation and a decision would be taken at the end of the week.
A Taylor Wessing spokesperson said that it had cancelled a number of student insight days scheduled in March, and instead plans to run them remotely using technology.
Earlier on Monday the University of Law confirmed that it will be suspending all face-to-face classes and postponing assessment from next week for a month.