No not a Roman Catholic birth control method but apparently a new employment law term. A reasonably well known regional firm has offered its trainee intake due to start in 2010 and 2011 the opportunity either to defer their start date for a year or to withdraw from the training contract altogether-neither option offers compensation. If the firm does not get enough takers then it will go down the compulsory withdrawal route ie the trainee contract will be withdrawn. The trainees are between a rock and a hard place. Want to know which firm? Shoo-you know who

Guess those talented and savvy lawyers looking for a training contract to commence in 2012 will at least know which firm not to apply to.