DLA Piper has confirmed that it has taken four trainees and nine support staff as part of a team joining from King & Wood Mallesons (KWM).
They start today, along with a team of 23 former KWM lawyers led by partner William Naunton and also including Cornelius Medvei, Bryan Pickup, Ed Page, George Burrha, Jeremy Brooks and Omer Maroof, who joins as a new partner.
Reed Smith has also confirmed that it will be taking three KWM trainees, while Greenberg Traurig told Lawyer 2B that it will taking five: one first-seater, one second-seater, one third seater and two in their fourth seats. The firm is also looking to take future trainees and has taken two trainee secretaries.
White & Case will also take at least one trainee. Partner Justin Benson said: “One current KWM trainee is joining our London trainee programme on 30 January. Around ten current and future KWM trainees are currently being assessed as potential candidates to join the programme, and we’re also reviewing a number of other applications from KWM trainees.”
The KWM trainee diaspora: confirmed so far
Ashurst: expecting to take ‘at least three‘ trainees
Baker McKenzie: taking three
Covington & Burling: expecting to take two
DLA Piper: taking four
Fieldfisher: currently interviewing for one role
Freshfields: taking three
Fried Frank: taking three
Goodwin Procter: taking five
Greenberg Traurig: taking five, and looking to take future trainees and trainee secretaries.
Hogan Lovells: expecting to take two
Macfarlanes: taking two
Osborne Clarke: taking two
Reed Smith: taking three
Stephenson Harwood: has taken one, and talking to others
White & Case: taking one current trainee, and assessing a number of other current and future trainees