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City law firm Lovells is increasing the opportunities open to its trainees by offering a seat in its Dubai office from September. And from March next year the firm will offer two seats in Dubai on every rotation.
The firm already offers trainees the opportunity to undertake overseas secondments, with France, Belgium, Hong Kong and Russia among the destinations. From September the firm will no longer offer a secondment to Milan, due to the supervising lawyer returning to the UK, though this may be reintroduced in the future.
The firm opened its Dubai office on 1 May under banking and project finance specialist Shibeer Ahmed. The first trainee seconded to the office will focus on finance under Ahmed and partners Rustum Shah and Rahail Ali.
As is normal in trainee rotations, the secondment will last six months with two further trainees joining the office next March. In addition to the finance seat, the firm will offer a corporate seat with trainees working alongside partners Imtiaz Shah and Tom Brassington.
Overseas secondments are becoming an ever-more vital part of law firms traineeships. Last month Lawyer2B.com announced that DLA Piper was set to launch its first-ever international trainee secondment programme, having been one of only two UK firms that did not offer overseas secondments.
DLA Piper, which has presences in 24 countries, will be offering trainee secondments to Hong Kong, Moscow, Singapore and Dubai from September 2007.