Slaughters sets up US trainee secondment scheme

Slaughter and May has strengthened its transatlantic best friend ties by launching a trainee secondment scheme with two major US law firms.

Two of the City firms trainees have embarked on six-month secondments in the New York offices of Davis Polk & Wardwell and Sullivan & Cromwell.

The move follows the closure of Slaughters New York office.

Due to its lack of international offices, Slaughters has a number of loose alliances or best friend relationships with law firms across Europe, Australia and Japan, and has sent trainees and associates to these offices on secondment. The firms new scheme marks the first time that Slaughters has used its US best friends in this way.

Slaughters executive partner Melvyn Hughes said: This is a means of giving our trainees a good insight into how leading firms in other jurisdictions work.