Hogan Lovells trainees get bite of the Apple

Hogan Lovells has launched its first-ever US seat, offering its trainee solicitors the opportunity to do a New York secondment in August 2012.

The extension of the top 10 law firm’s training contract to the US will give its London-based trainees the chance to spend up to six months in the Big Apple.

London graduate recruitment ­partner Ben Higson said: “This is a tremendous opportunity for our trainees to experience at first hand international legal work from the US perspective and to appreciate the breadth of Hogan Lovells’ international offering.”

Legacy firm Lovells abolished its New York seat in 2007 due to a lack of English-qualified lawyers there.

Trainees can apply for the New York seats as part of their secondment application process, which asks them to name which international opportunities they are interested in and why they should be selected.

The submissions will also take account of any feedback from previous supervisors and past appraisals.

The firm also offers secondment opportunities in Brussels, Dubai, Hong Kong, Paris and Singapore, with up to 30 trainees jetting off each year out of a 75-strong cohort.

Hogan Lovells New York-based partner Dennis Tracey said: “This is a genuinely career-enhancing ­opportunity for the trainees who join us, ­giving them not only a unique insight into our legal work, but also an opportunity to network with ­colleagues, helping them to build important ­business relationships for the future.”

The news follows Weil Gotshal & Manges’ reinstatement of its New York seat for a trainee solicitor last year, after it was removed from its offering as a result of the recession (Lawyer2B. com, 21 February 2011).

The firm sent its first trainee on secondment to its New York office in March 2012, while other trainees flew off for seats in Silicon Valley and Paris.