Addleshaws and Bakers launch new trainee secondments to Dubai, Hong Kong and Jo’burg

Addleshaw Goddard and Baker McKenzie have both increased their international secondment rosters, between them adding seats across Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.

Addleshaws began sending trainees to its Oman office last September, and sent a trainee to its Hong Kong office for the first time in March.

Training partner Aster Crawshaw revealed that the firm will now second trainees to Hong Kong on a regular six-monthly basis and will also rotate trainees between Oman and Dubai, with the office hosting one trainee apiece each year.

He added: “Obviously it is very valuable for trainees to work in a different legal environment, particularly in the Middle East where there is a different business culture, and very valuable for their flexibility and outlook. They get fantastic benefits from it.”

Meanwhile, Baker & McKenzie has sent a trainee to its office in Johannesburg for the first time. The trainee in question has spent three months in the corporate department of the South African office, which opened in 2012.

Training partner Simon Porter said that the secondment had come about because of a London partner transferring to South Africa and that the firm would be keen to send other trainees to the office in the future.