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Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has launched short-term internships focusing on arbitration in its Hong Kong and Singapore offices.
The top 10 City firm is aiming the short-term work experience at graduates and postgraduates across the globe with recent law qualifications in any civil or common jurisdiction and fluency in written and spoken English.
Over 50 lawyers and 18 partners are based across its Asia Pacific arbitration departments. HSF hopes to extend the programme to Japan and Australia in the future.
Successful interns will be based at HSF in Asia for three to six months. While there they will perform arbitration-related research, co-author articles, assist with client work and produce internal memos on arbitration.
Arbitration partners Alastair Henderson, based in Singapore, and Greater China managing partner Justin D’Agostino, in Hong Kong, are responsible for the scheme.
Henderson said: “Hong Kong and Singapore are global arbitration centres and important hubs for the firm’s international arbitration practice.
“We are keen to give young people who aspire to a career in arbitration a short-term opportunity to join our teams and to gain their first exposure to the legal and commercial aspects of arbitration in daily practice.”