Sullivan & Cromwell sends trainees to New York, Paris and Hong Kong in overseas secondment launch

Sullivan & Cromwell has launched overseas secondments to other offices within the firm’s network for its trainees.

The US firm welcomed its first intake of four trainees in 2013, and has sent all of them overseas for their final seat before qualification in the autumn. Two have gone to Sullivan & Cromwell’s New York headquarters, one is in the firm’s Paris office, while the final one has gone to Hong Kong.

Training partner Ben Perry told Lawyer 2B: “We’ve looked at this on an individual basis: it isn’t the case, as it might be in a larger intake, that if trainees have a particular language skill we’ll send them to a matching country. Where people have ended up is a result of quite detailed individual consultations with them.

He added: “We hope to send as many abroad in future intakes, but will continue to look at where people go based on their skills, experience, wishes and the firm’s needs.”

Sullivan & Cromwell currently has eight trainees in total, but last year the firm announced that it has increased the size of its trainee intake from four to six from 2016.

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