How would you rate the international secondment opportunities available?

There’s no doubt that going on an international secondment can be one of the more glamorous and exciting elements of a training contract. Trainees who spend time in an overseas office often report increased responsibility and a bolstered network of contacts from across the firm. At WFW ‘international secondments are actively encouraged and there is even an option to complete two’! A White & Case trainee had a ‘very positive experience. The team was supportive and friendly and the transition was smooth’. A HFW recruit described their secondment as ‘brilliant – high level of responsibility, great to build an internal network (and have friends to stay with should I find myself back in Asia)’. A Clifford Chance placement was ‘exceptional – I experienced the “one firm” mantra in real life’, whilst a Norton Rose Fulbright recruit found their secondment ‘really well organised’ and enjoyed working with a ‘really good team’. Trainees flocked to Baker McKenzie because of its ‘truly global reach’, and to Stephenson Harwood because of the ‘availability of international secondments, especially in Asia’. A Freshfields secondment was summed up neatly as ‘in the office: taking a step up to doing junior associate work. Outside of the office: great fun and you are well supported’. A CMS trainee’s overseas placement was ‘one of the best experiences of my life to date’, while for an Akin Gump trainee it was ‘fantastic. On a professional level, it allowed me to expand my network, experience working culture in a different continent, and work on completely different kinds of deals than I would in London’. A Covington & Burling trainee said ‘my international seat in Dubai was great!’

Firm Score
Watson Farley & Williams 98.9
Payne Hicks Beach 95.8
White & Case LLP 95.0
HFW 91.8
Clifford Chance 90.3
Marriott Harrison LLP 9.8
TLT LLP 9.7
Howard Kennedy LLP 9.0
Norton Rose Fulbright 89.4
Baker McKenzie 89.1
Fladgate LLP 87.7
Stephenson Harwood LLP 87.6
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP 85.1
CMS 83.5
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld 83.3
Covington & Burling LLP 81.6
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP 80.0
Forsters LLP 8.9
Foot Anstey 8.7
Goodwin Procter (UK) LLP 8.6