First English law trainee to train solely in Russia qualifies

A Hogan Lovells employee has become the first English law trainee to complete a training contract entirely in Russia, qualifying into the corporate department.

Two years ago, Hogan Lovells was the first firm to obtain authorisation from the Solicitors Regulation Authority to take trainees in Russia.

Alexandra Dolinskaya studied law at Queen Mary University, graduating in 2010. In March 2012, she started a training contract at the Moscow office of the firm, completing seats in the dispute resolution, capital markets and corporate departments.

Since recruiting Dolinskaya, the Moscow office has taken another two trainees, who will be able to qualify into either the capital markets, corporate or litigation departments.

Moscow-based partner Richard Cowie said: “Moscow is an important market for the firm and providing the right team for clients doing business in Russia has always been a priority. Next year is our twentieth anniversary in Russia and our trainee solicitor programme has contributed to our success. We are pleased to see Alexandra qualify and are looking forward to her continued development within the firm.”  

Dolinskaya said: “Training in the Moscow office has been a fantastic experience. Moscow is my home town and a fantastic city to work in. I liked the idea of a smaller office where I would get a good deal of hands-on experience.”