Pinsent Masons has launched a Middle Eastern training contract, which will see trainees rotate between Dubai, Doha and London, before qualifying in English law with a view to moving to Pinsents’ Middle Eastern hub.
The programme is due to start this September, and Middle Eastern partners have already recruited its first four trainees. All four are University of Law graduates selected for their links to the region.
Although the first cohort was selected from Pinsent Masons’ partner training provider, the firm aims to recruit future cohorts from Middle Eastern higher education institutions.
It is hoped the programme will provide Pinsents with a wealth of Middle Eastern home-grown talent in the future, growing a base of lawyers who are both loyal to the firm and to working within the region, as well as having ties with the London office.
Pinsents’ head of Gulf region Sachin Kerur said: “This region is a growing part of our international business and to capitalise on the significant opportunities it is likely to present in the years ahead, we fully understand the need to invest in and develop local talent, including Emirati and Qatari nationals.
“Our ambition is to refine and expand this programme over time, ultimately opening it up to the best legal talent studying at local universities. We believe that while this is a significant investment of time and resources, it will give our firm a clear strategic advantage as we look to capture exciting opportunities across the whole of the Middle East.”
Prior to establishing the programme, Pinsents already ran a Dubai secondment in its training contract, a set-up which many firms offer, but this scheme is believed to be one of the first of its kind.