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Pinsent Masons is aiming to expand its Dubai office by targeting the recruitment of students from the region.
The top 20 firm has partnered with the Dubai campus of St Joseph’s University to hold seminars, dispense CV and interview advice and meet with lawyers on a one-on-one basis. Following this, Pinsents is also running an internship programme for one week from 24 March for those students interested in pursuing a legal career.
Partner Alison Hubbard, who leads the initiative, said: “The students will be given a variety of tasks and projects to work on throughout the week. The firm is proud of the diversity reflected across its network, but recognises that we have to keep working at it. By engaging with local law students we are seeking to make a genuine difference to the way we operate in the region.”
Head of Pinsent’s Gulf region Sachin Kerur said: “The plan is very much to create an environment in which we can attract Emirati students so this partnership is about ensuring we have established dialogues with institutions. There is so much talent in the region itself and we want to maintain our competitive advantage.
“This initial phase is about ensuring that students understand an international law firm environment. They would then, if they are interested in working for us, join our UK team and train in the UK as well as spending time in the Gulf. On qualification they might be in the Gulf or elsewhere.”
The program started last week with a seminar advising students on pursuing a legal career held by Hubbard, trainee Mays Jubair and paralegal and knowledge manager Marie-Eliane Wakil.
Trainee Alexander Redpath gave his verdict on working in Pinsent’s Belfast office in a recent 60-second interview with Lawyer 2B (30 January 2013).