Pinsents eyes international trainee secondments

Pinsent Masons is considering whether to second trainees to its recently-opened offices in Paris, Munich and Turkey.

The top 20 firm opened as base in Munich in July last year (26 June 2012), followed by a launch in Paris in August (31 August 2012), and Turkey in February (14 February 2013).  Edward Walker, graduate recruitment manager for Pinsent Masons, said: “As we’re opening up international offices, we are looking at international secondments in a way that we haven’t in the past.

“We would see it as part of our international strategy – to build people up who are competent and comfortable in different jurisdictions.”

The firm already has an established trainee seat offices in the Duba base and has established another in Hong Kong where one trainee will spend six months later this year for the first time.

Pinsents is also focusing its recruitment on those who can offer a second or third language. Its latest trainee recruitment round saw it place a greater weighting on language skills.

Walker said: “We did put a heavier emphasis on language skills – it’s not a huge part of the weighting but it means that those with language skills are recognised.”

The firm is considering targetting specific university courses to recruit students with rare language skills .

Ther firm saw turnover rise at the end of the 2012/13 to £309m this year from £259m last year, driven in part by its merger with McGrigors (17 June 2013). Managing partner David Ryan said the firm continues to see strong demand in global sectors such as energy, infrastructure and advanced manufacturing and technology.

The firm’s Asia Pacific offices had performed well, boasting 30 per cent growth in turnover for the second year running.

Pinsents has invested heavily in its international presence over the past year, boosting its Shanghai office with 13 lawyers and 12 support staff from the Salans (11 September 2012), having hired Salans’ Shanghai managing partner Bernd-Uwe Stucken and fellow Shanghai corporate partner Wei Liu earlier that year.

Pinsents made up 14 partners in April in its second promotions round since it took over McGrigors.