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Changing firms during TC?
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Posted - 17 October 2016 08:54
Hi guys,

Any advice or experience of this? I've just started my training contract after years of trying to get one. I'm based in the northwest and I need to move to London ASAP for personal reasons. My firm has offices down there but cannot confirm they will transfer me.

Cut a long story short, it's been causing me so much distress since July I'm thinking of leaving my job. Does anyone know whether it's worth trying to transfer to another firm and how?

Thank you in advance for any responses!
Posted - 30 October 2016 19:36
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errr, stick with your TC at current firm, and get qualified especially since it took you "years to get one". Once qualified review the situation.

Clearly this response could change upon discovery of what said "personal reasons" are, but if they amount to "I have a burd in London" then see above.
Vinnie Gambini
Posted - 06 November 2016 14:15
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As above.
Posted - 22 December 2016 15:43
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I transferred my training contract part way through due to my first firm being the most toxic, sole destroying place I have ever worked. Both me and the only other trainee at the firm transferred for the same reason, and I found there wasn't much information out transferring out there, and most people gave the same advice as sky_scanning and Lord Judge - stick with it.

Why stick it out and when its a waste of your time and you're unhappy? Training is precious and you deserve to get the best training you can and be happy whilst doing it.

One thing I would say is that your current firm need to be on board with it as they sign the form to release you - without this, it is very hard. My firm were awkward and made me work 3months notice as a secretary on mat leave was returning at the end of this period (worst excuse ever) during which period they treated my like dirt - but worth keeping them onside if possible. I have had to answer questions every since about why I transferred as people are suspicious of it. However, it is hands down the best decision I have ever made, and has made me much more employable as a consequence - my training at my second firm was in a different league to the first.

Go for it, but track down the new opportunity first as this took time for me, I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time, and also be open with your current employer.

Let me know if you need anymore info, and good luck!
the dark polish knight
Posted - 09 January 2017 20:55
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Good luck
Posted - 02 March 2017 13:33
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I am in a very similar position and I'm currently in the process of trying to transfer my TC but I have no idea how I am going to go about it! I cannot find any information anywhere.

I worked as a paralegal/ fee earner for 6 years before securing my TC, at a small firm in Stockport. I however live in the Blackpool area, which means I am travelling to and from work for approximately 4 hours every day. I have previous PI experience but I have always had my heart set on working in a commercial field, however the firm I am at is a high street firm and does not provide any business/ commercial services. I didn't really feel I had much of a choice but to take the TC as I hadn't been given any other opportunities and I knew I would kick myself if I didn't.

On top of that, the firm is getting extremely busy and I have been taking overtime home with me (that I cannot do on the train by the way) most evenings and weekends for the past few months. The other person in my team turns up around an hour late each day and I feel like I have had to work very hard to make up for a lot of mistakes and delays on the majority of the files that we share. My supervisor has pretended not to notice. As a consequence I feel like my job is affecting my health and my marriage is also starting to suffer. My husband has given me a bit of an ultimatum along the lines of "quit your job or quit our marriage" given my stress levels and how the job has apparently changed me. I often do not have any energy in an evening to even sit and watch the TV with him and I feel I am unable to maintain a work/ life balance. The TC (and the naff wage to boot) does not feel worth the time and money I have spent travelling to work each day.

I have been in contact with a recruitment agency who are in the process of making enquiries on my behalf to see whether anyone can take me on as a transferee in the area, however I am only just finishing my first seat and I cannot see why anyone would want to take me on. I'm even considering taking on a paralegal position in the meantime as I just don't know what to do!

Does anyone have any advice at how to go about it and what I should be doing to help my situation?