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A Dewey & LeBoeuf trainee in the defunct firm’s London office was forced to leave the country this summer because his visa expired, it has emerged.
The trainee, an American citizen, faced deportation after failing to find another job following the US firm’s collapse earlier this year.
It is understood that the trainee, whose identity has not been revealed, received a last-minute job offer but could not accept it because the deadline to renew his visa had just passed, compelling him to return to the US.
The clock started ticking on his search for a new firm in late May or June, depending on when the UK Border Agency issued his curtailment of leave to remain (27 June 2012).
He was left without an employer to support his visa after Dewey filed for bankruptcy in the US and administration in the UK in May (29 May 2012).
Dewey’s collapse left partners and staff seeking new roles, with all of the 20 other City trainees finding jobs at a range of firms.