The Lawyer’s sister magazine Lawyer 2B last year revealed that DLA Piper was just one of two top 50 UK firms that does not offer international secondments to its trainees – pretty poor for a firm that prides itself on its burgeoning international presence.
Indeed, even Slaughter and May, the firm that’s famous for not having too many overseas offices, offers foreign placements to lands as far away as New Zealand.
DLA Piper, which boasts 3,200 lawyers located in 24 countries and 63 offices, is planning to offer 14 secondments starting from September. Better late than never. Let’s be generous and call it growing pains.