Secondments important for Norton Rose Fulbright integration

Trainee secondments will be an important means for integrating Norton Rose and US firm Fulbright & Jaworski after next year’s £1.2bn tie-up, recruitment head says.

Asked about the possibility of US secondments for trainees as a result of the merger, Sarah Kelly, Norton Rose’s head of recruitment, said: “Our immediate priority is on integration with Fulbright, which we have done very successfully in other jurisdictions, notably Canada, South Africa and Australia.

“We already have a number of ongoing integration programmes. For example, we recently announced our first international seats in Australia, in Perth and Sydney, with seats in London and Asia available to trainees based in Australia. We see this as an important means of strengthening our knowledge, skill base and culture alignment across the practice.”

The tie-up announced earlier this month will go live on 1 June 2013. (14 November 2012)

The firm has confirmed that the Fulbright logo and website will disappear, with all branding for the US firm consumed by Norton Rose’s. London partners of the Texan firm will move into Norton Rose Fulbright’s global headquarters at More London Riverside and become members of the UK LLP.

Meanwhile, Norton Rose CEO Peter Martyr has ruled out forced partner exits or staff redundancies as a result of the merger and confirmed that all of Fulbright’s legal and back office staff will be kept on post-merger.

The news follows the announcement that Norton Rose had added Sydney and Perth to its trainee rotation. (13 July 2012)

The firm has also announced intentions to open in Brazil next year and Mexico City within five years. (16 November 2012)