Gibson Dunn moots London trainee programme

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher is eyeing the opportunity to enter the UK graduate recruitment market following steady growth in London.

The news follows a raft of US firms rolling out UK recruitment programmes in their London offices over the past two years.

Gibson Dunn managing partner Tom Budd said: “The London office has been growing strongly and we feel we’ve reached the point where it’s sensible to give serious thought to creating a trainee programme. We’re examining that at the moment”

The US firm’s London office is recognised for its work in dispute ­resolution and international arbitration, as well as corporate, including private equity. If plans were to go ahead this year, it could be expected to employ its first trainee solicitor cohort in September 2013.

The latest firm to enter the market was Greenberg Traurig Maher, which said it would take on two trainee ­solicitors a year from September 2011. Sullivan & Cromwell and Ropes & Gray have also announced plans to launch programmes in

Sullivan, which is recruiting trainee solicitors for September 2012 starts, plans to offer £50,000 and £55,000 to first and second years respectively, with a newly qualified rate of £97,000 plus a bonus.