Enyo Law has become the first major UK litigation boutique to launch training contracts, recruiting two trainees this year.
Both of the trainees were paralegals at Enyo prior to being accepted onto the new training programme.
As the firm solely offers dispute resolution advice, the trainees will be seconded to another firm for their non-contentious experience. The firm has not yet been decided.
The trainees are Iram Khalique and Vincent Livesey. Khalique joined Enyo as a paralegal in January 2015 while Livesey joined last February. Both began their training contracts on 1 May.
Enyo Law partner Simon Twigden said: “At Enyo, we pride ourselves on being able to adapt promptly and appropriately to reflect the needs of our clients and our staff alike.
“Recognising the exceptional contribution of two of our legal assistants by creating two training contracts is one such example of this and reflects the natural evolution of our practice through continued growth.”
Enyo is the first major litigation boutique to offer training contracts in London. Private prosecution boutique Edmonds Marshall McMahon currently has one trainee, who will be seconded to a corporate boutique for half of his training.
The trainees join during a busy year for Enyo. The firm will represent the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) in its $1.2bn case against Goldman Sachs in a seven-week trial this June.
The LIA alleges individuals at the bank abused their position as advisers to the fund, resulting in deals that lost it billions of dollars. Enyo will represent the LIA in a similar case against Societe Generale next year.
Lawyer 2B revealed in April Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is looking into its options to offer training contracts from its Manchester legal services centre, which opened last year.