Shearman & Sterling launches Brussels and Hong Kong seats

Shearman & Sterling is rolling out two new international secondments for its trainee solicitors.

From September 2012 the US firm will give its trainees the opportunity to spend time working in Brussels and Hong Kong as part of their two-year training contract.

In a statement a spokesperson said: “Our overseas seats are reviewed every six months to ensure we meet the needs of our overseas offices, as well as London, and continue to give trainees a broad experience throughout their training contract.

“The trainees are very excited about the addition of the new seats and are looking forward to extending their networks abroad.”  

Trainees that choose Brussels or Hong Kong will work in the competition practice or capital markets and project finance respectively.

The new seats bring Shearman’s overseas offering for trainees up to four, including its existing seats in its Abu Dhabi and Singapore offices.

The news follows the firm announcing it was keeping 87.5 per cent of its September qualifiers, holding onto 11 out of 12 trainees (29 May 2012).