DLA Piper fills overseas secondment gap

DLA Piper is set to launch its first-ever international trainee secondment programme following revelations that it was one of only two UK firms that did not offer overseas secondments.

The top 10 firm, which has presences in 24 countries, will be offering trainee secondments to Hong Kong, Moscow, Singapore and Dubai from September 2007.

A DLA Piper spokesperson said that they hoped trainee secondments would help to build the relationships between offices.

In Lawyer 2B’s inaugural secondment survey, published in the October 2006 issue, DLA Piper emerged as one of two firms in the UK’s top 50 that did not offer international secondments. Ince & Co was the other UK firm not offering overseas secondments, although in the past trainees have been sent to the firm’s Piraeus office in Greece.

All the secondments will last for three months, other than those to the firm’s Dubai office, which will be six-month seats. The trainees will sit in corporate or finance and are likely to undertake work that has an international slant to it.

Hong Kong, Singapore and Moscow will each take three trainees every three months. One trainee will be seconded to Dubai every six months. The secondments will be open to trainees from all UK offices and can be undertaken in their second, third or fourth seats.