Newly merged Squire Sanders Hammonds is offering a client secondment to all of its future trainees prior to them starting their training contract.
The move follows the firm’s decision to sign up to BPP Law School’s fast-track Legal Practice Course (LPC) from September 2011.
Future trainee solicitors will take a three-month client secondment between March to May, following completion of the condensed seven month LPC, and will complete a three-day ’Engaging with Business’ course to prepare them for the sector and client they are joining.
HR manager Issy Freeman said: “The secondment gives the prospective trainees the opportunity to experience a commercial environment. A key objective is to train and develop our trainees into being excellent, talented and commercially astute lawyers for the future growth of the firm and the client secondment programme supports us in achieving this”.
Legacy firm Hammonds offered client secondments to future trainees last year, following the deferral of their training contracts, with the aspiring lawyers joining a variety of financial institutions.
BPP announced the launch of the course last month (10 January) as an alternative to its accelerated LPC, which is only available for firms in the City LPC Consortium.
Squire Sanders Hammonds is the first law firm outside the City LPC consortium to sign up for a fast-track course with BPP. The Consortium comprises of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith, Hogan Lovells, Norton Rose and Slaughter and May.