Shearman and K&L Gates latest US firms to boost trainee numbers

The London offices of Shearman & Sterling and K&L Gates are expanding their trainee intakes. 

Shearman will take on 17 trainees annually from 2016, with its core departments understood to be in need of more capacity at trainee level. Its trainee numbers have increased incrementally over recent years and it currently has 27 trainees across two years. 

K&L Gates is recruiting 10 trainees from 2015, an increase on its current annual intake of eight. It is not known if the extra trainees will be bolstering any particular department at the firm. Its London office posted a rise in revenue of 23 per cent in 2013 financial year, beating the 9 per cent rise across the firm as a whole (21 February 2014).

The US giant is not the first American firm in London to increase its intake recently. Last week, Sullivan & Cromwell announced that it would be boosting its cohort by 50 per cent, by recruiting six rather than four trainees from 2016 (18 September 2014).

Ropes & Gray and Latham & Watkins were among the US firms to boost their numbers last year. Ropes & Gray announced that it was upping its trainee numbers, after taking on its first cohort of five in 2011. It plans to recruit between eight and ten trainees from 2017. Latham & Watkins’ intake has doubled since 2008 and now stands at 21 trainees recruited annually (22 August 2013).

Meanwhile, Mayer Brown has bucked the trend by cutting its autumn intake in half. From 2016 the firm will take on 10 trainees each autumn rather than 20. It will continue to take on five trainees in the spring (25 July 2014).