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How would you rate the international secondment opportunities available?

FirmScore (/10)
Holman Fenwick Willan LLP 9.67
White & Case LLP 9.61
Watson Farley & Williams LLP 9.54
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP 9.32
Herbert Smith Freehills 9.22
Thomas Cooper LLP 9.17
Baker McKenzie LLP 8.97
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP 8.88
Stephenson Harwood LLP 8.78
CMS LLP 8.74
Eversheds 8.68
DLA Piper UK LLP 8.46
Norton Rose Fulbright 8.46
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP 8.45
Latham & Watkins 8.20
Trowers & Hamlins LLP 8.18
Vinson & Elkins RLLP 7.89
Hogan Lovells International LLP 7.81
Shearman & Sterling (London) LLP 7.72
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP 7.70

The opportunity to work overseas can be the holy grail for many prospective trainees and without doubt it is a huge selling point for UK and US-based firms with a growing network of international offices. Note however, that an address list the size of the Eurovision Song Contest does not guarantee secondments to all offices, just certain key destinations, if at all.

At Holman Fenwick Willan, ‘the international opportunities are second-to-none’ and trainee secondment abroad is ‘guaranteed’, as it is at White & Case, where the ‘truly global profile of the firm is very attractive and the guaranteed foreign seat is a fantastic opportunity’.

The ‘international scope’ of Watson Farley & Williams is of significant appeal and those who have completed an international seat found it ‘fantastic - made to feel part of the team from day one and given increased responsibility’. Sullivan & Cromwell’s trainees’ highlights to date include ‘finding out that I get to go to the New York office on secondment’ and at Herbert Smith Freehills trainees appreciate the ‘international opportunities and work in emerging markets and Africa’.

Trainees at shipping firm Thomas Cooper describe their international seats as ‘amazing’ and ‘an excellent personal and professional experience’, while at global heavyweight Baker & McKenzie there is ‘great exposure to international work that is beneficial for my profile’ and in a ‘great variety of potential locations’.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Stephenson Harwood offer an ‘international dimension’ and ‘very appealing overseas secondments’ respectively, while at CMS, trainees report that ‘gaining experience in a foreign office of the firm was a great experience, both culturally and in terms of technical development’.