Clyde & Co says it is "hugely disappointed" with the approach taken by a legal recruiter who boasted that the firm was profiting from the coronavirus outbreak.
The legal recruiter, whom RollOnFriday is not naming, put noses out of joint this week by targeting candidates over LinkedIn with the opening gambit, "In uncertain times it is always good to find a firm that does well when the going gets tough". According to the recruiter, Clyde & Co "said they 'thrive' in the current conditions" and "have seen their instructions rise since the COV-19 outbreak".
As a result, the firm was looking to hire insolvency practitioners, which gave the unfortunate impression that it was merrily making hay as COVID-19 wiped out businesses.
"On the topic of crass marketing, how does this recruiter’s use of Covid-19 as selling point for a move to an Insolvency role at Clyde & Co rank?" asked a source. "Surely a new low, even for a recruiter".
"If you don't need lawyers, I've also got 17,000 bottles of hand sanitiser"
Clydes hasn't always had the best luck with job ads, but this one really isn't its fault. A spokesperson for Clyde & Co said it "can categorically state that the text was not approved by Clyde & Co and that it misrepresents the firm's position. The roles have not been advertised in direct response to the Covid-19 outbreak but as part of a general expansion of the team".
He added, "The Covid-19 outbreak is an unprecedented global situation and as a firm we are, first and foremost, focused on protecting the health and wellbeing of our people around the world while we carry out a range of measures to maintain our ability to serve our clients' needs as they navigate these uncertain and unprecedented times".