Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is set to introduce a formal pilot secondment programme in a bid to better integrate the firm’s growing international network.
London managing partner Martin Bartlam is overseeing the pilot scheme, which will be launched in the global structured finance group, in conjunction with partner James Waddington.
Associates will be given the opportunity to swap jobs with similarly qualified lawyers in Orrick’s London, New York, San Francisco, Paris, Rome, Hong Kong and Tokyo offices for an initial six-month period.
Bartlam explained that the pilot was seen by the firm as a way of developing stronger ties between Orrick’s international offices and global practice groups.
More than 25 per cent of the firm’s lawyers are now based outside the US.
Bartlam added that, if the pilot proved successful, it would be rolled out to several of the firm’s other practice groups.