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Cyril Amarchand postpones 2020 fresher start dates to 2021

Much like Tokyo, CAM freshers to only join CAM by 2021
Much like Tokyo, CAM freshers to only join CAM by 2021

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (CAM) has postponed fresher joining dates all the way until next year, according to emails sent by the firm to candidates most of whom had accepted offers in 2019 to join the firm in August 2020.

The firm cited “short term consequences” of the Covid-19 pandemic for the move.

In May we had reported that CAM had pushed around 78 freshers' joining dates by two months to October 2020.

Yesterday, CAM has postponed the joining dates even further, by another three months to 4 January 2021.

While no mention was made in the email of how or from when - if at all - there would be any compensation paid to students during the delay, the firm has suggested that online training sessions would be help after 15th November 2020 for the incoming batch.

CAM announced in the email that it would launch the CAM Gurukul Campus programme, “specially curated for our campus recruits”.

This is an apparent offshoot of its continuing legal education (CLE) initiative dubbed CAM Gurukul, which it had started in April 2019.

There was no explicit mention of whether those students should or could find alternative work in the meantime until January (assuming there are many such gigs available during this time, particularly with courts closed).

However, the firm did assure the future (potential) joinees that more details would be communicated to them.

We have reached out to CAM for comment, which had also implemented one of the more aggressive internal deferrals / cuts of fee-earner salaries amongst firms, of up to 30%.

Update 10:58: CAM commented: “Safety of the freshers and the practicalities of the current situation were key factors driving our decision. If things improve we can always reconsider. We will be virtually engaging with the batch of 2020 to induct them.”

Khaitan & Co had also deferred its fresher starting dates to October back in May, though it also made an assurance it would honour every offer. By contrast, only its equity partners had agreed to a reduction in drawings of 20%.

Since then though, Khaitan has internally announced that working from home would most likely continue until the end of December 2020, as we had reported last week.

CAM email to new batch of (not yet) associates

The email sent by CAM yesterday, which we have confirmed from several independent sources, reads:

Dear All,

Hope you and your loved ones are safe and well.

I look forward to welcoming our new batch of Associates soon.

In light of the current COVID - 19 pandemic and short term consequences, this is to inform you that the joining date for all new joinees in the Firm has been deferred to January 4th, 2021.

With the launch of our CAM Gurukul Campus program, we are pleased to share that we will be conducting regular learning and training sessions online prior to their joining us.

This curriculum has been specially curated for our campus recruits.

The program will commence post 15th November, 2020.

The schedule and details shall be communicated in due course.

Stav well. stav safe!

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