Bryan Cave gives associates hiring powers

The London office of US firm Bryan Cave will allow its associates to help choose trainees.

Starting this month associates will join the firm’s partners in the process of selecting trainees for the next intake in September.

London principal responsible for trainees, partner Sarah Linton, said: “We value our associates’ views and their participation in the success of the office, and since they’ll be working closely with the trainees it makes sense to include them in the interviewing process.”

Bryan Cave’s London office usually recruits two trainees a year, but will increase that figure to three this time around.

Trainees complete six-month seats in core departments and have the option of handling some US private client tax work.

The firm has 33 fee-earners at its City base. London managing partner Anthony Fiducia said the office will recruit seven more this year. The firm’s London office hired Field Fisher Waterhouse corporate partner Robert Wieder last month (The Lawyer, 5 February).