GTM launches City grad recruitment programme

Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM) has become the latest the US law firm to enter the UK graduate recruitment market.

The firm, which launched its London office in June 2009 with the hire of former Mayer Brown partner Paul Maher, plans to take on two trainee solicitors a year from September 2011 and will be targeting both law and non-law graduates.

The US firm is also considering establishing a more formal vacation scheme programme but it yet to release details on such a move.

Co-managing partner Cate Sharp said: “We’re very pleased to be in a position to offer training contracts and look forward to supplementing our current high quality associate base with trainees of an equally excellent standard.”

GTM has a closed compensation system, but confirms it will pay competitive market rates to its trainees.

Corporate and securities partner Laura O’Neill will be taking on the role of overseeing the London graduate recruitment scheme. This follows her similar role at her former firm SJ Berwin where she co-headed the graduate recruitment team.

The news arrives following New York heavyweight Sullivan & Cromwell and elite Boston firm Ropes & Gray announcing plans to launch graduate recruitment programmes in their respective London offices.

Sullivan, which is recruiting trainee solicitors to start in September 2013, plans to offer a whopping £50,000 and £55,000 to first and second years respectively, and a newly qualified rate of £97,500 plus a bonus. It aims to distinguish its trainee programme by offering, what it refers to as, ‘genuine mentoring’ from partners and senior lawyers.