Herbert Smith has reaffirmed its commitment to graduates with the recruitment of two trainees and six interns from the Bangalore International Law School.
With India a growing focus for the firm, India group head Chris Parsons visited the country last month to recruit for the positions. Having made offers for each of the roles, Parsons said one trainee has accepted with the other yet to respond while six interns will join the firm in June and July with the view to also offering them training contracts.
Depending on how they do and what they want to do we will interview them all for training contracts. They are exceptional in terms of academic qualifications so there is the potential to take them all on, Parsons said.
While regulatory constraints currently prevent UK firms from entering the Indian market, Herbert Smith is looking at options for having a presence there when regulations allow.
Though the domestic knowledge the new trainees will possess would be an obvious bonus for the firms Indian push, Parsons said there will be no obligation for these lawyers to return to India if and when Herbert Smith has its presence.