RPC has established its first international trainee secondment in its Hong Kong office.
The seat is based in the Hong Kong litigation department and is six months in duration. The firm first trialled the secondment this year, sending a Mandarin speaker to the office. It has now decided to make the seat a permanent fixture of its training contract.
The trainee will work within the commercial disputes department in the litigation-heavy outpost which also deals with banking litigation, shipping disputes and arbitration.
RPC graduate recruitment partner Simon Hart said: “We have trainees from the Hong Kong office coming into London for last two years. It was part of the integration efforts from when office opened in 2012.
“We think that the office in Hong Kong is now of sufficient size that we can justify having a London trainee out there – we are confident that they will have support and quality of work that we owe them.”
Sullivan & Cromwell was the last firm to launch overseas secondments, sending members of its first trainee intake to New York, Paris and Hong Kong earlier this year. Addleshaw Goddard and Baker & McKenzie launched new trainee secondments to Dubai, Hong Kong and Johannesburg in 2014.