Freshfields launches London-Asia training contracts for bilingual grads

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has established London/Asia training contracts open to bilingual speakers who speak both English and Bahasa Indonesian, Korean, Japanese or Mandarin.

The magic circle firm is open to recruiting up to five individuals who will spend one year of their training contract in London and the other year in a Southeast Asia office. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2016 with the first successful candidates starting with the firm in August 2018.

They will end up qualified in both England and Wales and in the Asian country they worked in.

Across Asia, Freshfields has a presence in China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Vietnam.

The firm is not the first to launch a training contract focused on the Asia-Pacific region. At the beginning of this year fellow magic circle outfit Linklaters launched a scheme for three Mandarin-speaking native lawyers to train across its London and China offices, and work in China on qualification.

Clifford Chance launched a joint training contract between London and Dubai last year, while Pinsent Masons launched its London/Doha/Dubai training contract in May 2014.