Allen & Overy to launch ‘training contract for legal technologists’

Allen & Overy is launching a new graduate scheme in London focusing on legal technology and project management.

The scheme will take on four candidates with STEM or Economics degrees in a bid to harness young technical talent.

The programme, which will start in September, will mirror the structure of a traditional training contract, though it will not lead to qualification as a solicitor. It will involve four six-month seat rotations around the firm’s project management office, its legal tech team, and projects within other advanced delivery areas.

The graduates will be based in A&O’s ‘tech innovation space’ Fuse, which calls itself a space “to explore, develop, and test legal, regulatory and deal-related solutions”.

A&O’s head of legal project management Louise Forrest said: “We’ve launched this scheme now so that we can shape junior project managers and legal technologists into the professionals that A&O and our clients will need.”

The training scheme will lead to a recognised qualification in project or process management.

Allen & Overy’s head of advanced delivery technology Kevin Oliver said: “The Advanced Delivery graduates will grow up in A&O, receiving exactly the same level of training and access as our trainee lawyers, and building networks that will make them a key part of the business.”

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