Dechert launches review of trainee numbers

Dechert has announced its intention to boost its trainee solicitor intake following the firm’s extensive expansion this year.

Andrew Hearn
Andrew Hearn

The US firm is currently conducting a strategic review of trainee numbers that it hopes will be concluded by the close of its 2014 training contract application deadline in July.

Graduate recruitment partner Andrew Hearn said: “It has always been our aim to recruit high quality trainee solicitors who share our aspirations; and to recruit in numbers that ensure both that we can continue to provide the highest quality training for our trainees and that the number recruited reflects the size and anticipated size of our business.”

The firm currently recruits around 10 trainees per year, and offers secondments in Brussels and Dublin only. It hopes the expansion will allow for a greater number of client and international secondment opportunities in the future.

Dechert opened new offices in Almaty, Chicago, Dubai, Frankfurt and Tbilisi this year, giving it 26 offices in total globally (24 May 2012).

London managing partner Jason Butwick added: “We have a growing need for talented trainees, looking for top quality training, to add to our talent pool.” 

The news comes after the firm is understood to have expressed an interest in offering a handful of the stranded Dewey & LeBoeuf trainees positions (17 May 2012).

However the firm has neither confirmed or denied whether they are looking to find places for either the current or future Dewey trainees.