A&O offers training contracts in Belfast

Allen & Overy (A&O) has made five training contract offers to its Belfast paralegals in the past year, despite originally hiring staff for commoditised work.

The firm revealed that the five graduates had been offered Belfast-based training contracts as part of plans to recruit 100 new staff over the next five years (9 October 2014).

The office was launched nearly three years ago and currently contains just 50 fee-earners. Based on the new plans, it should become the firm’s second biggest office globally, with 70 of the 100 new staff filling legal, rather than support, roles.

Commenting on the Belfast trainees, a spokesman said: “It underlines the quality of the people we’re hiring there. They also tend to be good early adopters of technology which is helping us increase productivity out of Belfast.”

The development contrasts with the picture in London, where A&O has decreased the number of training contracts it offers annually by 29 per cent since the recession (15 August 2013).