Debevoise rolls out formal trainee recruitment plan

Debevoise & Plimpton has this year launched a formal graduate recruitment programme as more US firms in the City look to recruit trainees for growth over lateral hires.

Three trainees are now at the firm. It also has four offers out to trainees to start in 2006 and is currently interviewing potential trainees for 2007.

FinancepartnerAlan Davies, who is responsible for the trainees, said the firm had historically taken trainees “on a random basis”. He added: “We wanted to move away from lateral hires and train our own people. As US firms have expanded they’ve had to hire laterally to grow, but now we’re at a mass where recruiting trainees is possible.”

The firm is now able to provide trainees with grounding in all practice areas, including litigation, to meet the Law Society’s requirements. Debevoise’s trainees will be sent to an external course provider for structured lessons, but the firm will provide all other training.