Law firm Russell-Cooke has streamlined its graduate recruitment process for 2023 applications. The London-based firm has changed its graduate recruitment leadership; streamlined its application process and has embraced online law fairs.

Private client partner Rebecca Fisher moved into the role of graduate recruitment partner on 7 September 2020. Former training partner Alison Regan has moved on to an executive role. Rebecca studied law at Southampton University, qualifying in 2005 and has been with Russell-Cooke since August 2013. She has been a key player in the graduate recruitment scheme for the past six years as she sits on the final interview panel and interviewed every one of the current trainees.

Until this year the firm has run a two-stage application process. Applications have opened on 1 November each year for both the firm's spring vacation schemes and for its training contract applications. The deadline for the vacation schemes was 1 March and the deadline for the training contract applications was 30 June. From 2021 the two stages will be combined for the first time, with a single deadline of 21 February 2021 for both vacation scheme and training contract applications.

This year the firm is exhibiting at the Legal Cheek virtual law fairs in the place of university law fairs. The Russell-Cooke booth will be online on:

  • 8 September
  • 8 October
  • 10 November
  • 3 December

Rebecca Fisher said: "Graduate recruitment is incredibly important to us. Many of our partners and senior associates trained with the firm and we always recruit hoping our trainees will stay the course with us. We believe the training we provide is second to none for those applicants who want a broad-based experience of the highest quality and also want to live life to the full.

"The past year has been disrupted in ways none of us could have anticipated, but it has been a catalyst for change to our application process. Our vacation schemes provide us with unrivalled access to candidates and has been a rich source of recruitment in the past. Bringing our interviews into the same time frame as the vacation schemes means we have a better basis of comparison and are able to meet and make decisions on all our shortlisted finalists in a two-week period. This makes life easier for us and fairer for the candidates. And by attending the virtual law fairs this year we hope to reach a much wider pool of students which should benefit the diversity of our candidates."

Russell-Cooke takes on 8-10 trainees annually who move between the firm's Putney, Bedford Row and Kingston offices.