How would you rate the international secondment opportunities available?

FirmScore (/100)
Watson Farley & Williams 97.8
HFW 95.6
White & Case LLP 94.0
Thomas Cooper LLP


Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP 91.3
Stephenson Harwood 90.6
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP 90.5
O’Melveny 89.9
Hogan Lovells 85.6
Allen & Overy LLP 84.3
Norton Rose Fulbright 84.0
DLA Piper 82.2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP


Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP


Vinson & Elkins RLLP 77.3
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP


Latham & Watkins 74.6
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 74.0
Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP 73.7

The Lex 100 recently wrote in detail about the benefits of international secondments.

The opportunity to undertake a seat abroad (which still counts towards your training) is an exciting one and can contribute to your personal as well as professional development.

However, be sure to do your research before you apply as a vast international network of offices is not always indicative of the number of overseas placements on offer.

Watson Farley & Williams offers secondments in ‘some pretty glamorous destinations’, and ‘some trainees even spend two seats overseas’.

Secondees at HFW are given a lot of freedom’ and ‘treated more like a junior associate’, whilst at White & Case, recruits were drawn to the prospect of a ‘guaranteed seat abroad’.

A secondment at Thomas Cooper’s Piraeus office, was described as ‘excellent’, as were the overseas placements at Stephenson Harwood, which is particularly well-established in Asia.

The ‘international work’ on offer at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton was a big draw for trainees and a ‘Paris secondment to the international arbitration team’ and a ‘placement in Seoul’ stood out as highlights for Herbert Smith Freehills recruits.

International secondments to Hong Kong and Brussels are ‘a great experience for both your personal and professional development’, according to trainees at O’Melveny, whilst at Hogan Lovells, one trainee waxed lyrical about their stint in the New York office: ‘I absolutely loved it. I think I was able to experience six months of being an associate’.

Allen & Overy’s ‘amazing international opportunities’ also earned it a deserved spot in the international secondments category.