THE ITALIAN practice of magic circle firm Allen & Overy (A&O) has introduced structured appraisals and rotation training for its trainees for the first time since its 1998 merger with Italian practice Brosio Casati e Associati.
The move follows a turbulent period in the firms Italian history which has seen a number of high-profile departures and is an indication of its determination to attract and retain the highestquality lawyers.
A&Os managing partner for Italy Massimiliano Danusso
admitted that rotation training was an accepted part of a trainees life in London, but it could be painful in a smaller practice such as Italy. However, he added that it was important to be flexible.
It is clearly easier in London which has a zillion trainees, said Danusso, but people like it because it gives them a wider experience before they have tochoose their specialism. It is common in the UK, but new to Italy.
A&O has around 200 feeearners across its three offices in
Rome, Milan and Turin.