You’ll go from trainee to qualification over the course of two years and when you look back, you’ll remember all the progress you’ve made with us. The first seat. The first step off the plane on secondment. The first deal you closed – and the next, and the next, and the next. You’ll find your feet, find your passions and find your way to a career with purpose.
The training contract is two years, broken down into four six-month seats. Three will be in our core areas
- banking & finance, corporate and disputes resolution and litigation
- and you’ll complete one on secondment, either to our London office or in one of our offices in Asia
I was amazed by the level of support I received from the firm. Throughout the training contract, you will gain plenty of on-the-job experience and attend formal training which will hone your technical and soft skills and prepare you well to become a qualified lawyer in the future.
Raymond Yeung, second year trainee (to qualify early 2018)
Before you start your training contract with us, you will need to complete the PCLL course in Hong Kong. We will provide maintenance grant during PCLL and will sponsor for your conversion exams and PCLL tuition fees.
Next, you’ll start your seats – and start training as a lawyer for real. Over the course of your four seats, you’ll have our support to explore our sectors and get to know what you’re interested in. We’ll base your seat choices both on your ambitions and on what’s needed across the business.
Finally, at the end of the two years, you’ll qualify with us – and, chances are, you’ll stay with us to take on a permanent role in one of the areas you’ve worked in.
Next step? Aiming for associate – and beyond.
Your first seat
After your initial law school training comes the start of your future at our firm. This is it: the first big day on the job.
You’ll start with a comprehensive induction programme, preparing you for the jump from study to practice. There’s a professional skills course, library training and seat planning. Then there’s a handover from the trainee in the seat you’re about to start.
But what will that seat be, exactly? Well, it’s your first six-month rotation and it will probably be in banking & finance, corporate or disputes resolution & litigation – the three areas at the heart of our firm.
Make no mistake – this might be your first seat, but you’ll be expected to work hard from the start. Your work will be vital for clients and colleagues around the world. Proofreading, legal research and document drafting are just a few of the responsibilities we’ll start you off with.
You’ll always be supported in everything you do. From your first day to planning your next seat, your dedicated buddy, your partner mentor and the trainee development team will always be on hand.
Let’s discover London with Catherine
First-year trainee Catherine Wong explores London on secondment. We spoke to her while she was there to get the inside track on the city, getting to know colleagues in other offices and working in the stunning London office.
Going on secondment
A change of scenery. Your secondment is a big step, and it’s one you’ll always remember – whether it’s six months abroad, or six months in the heart of a client’s business.
At some firms, secondments are something trainees compete for. For us, it’s an essential part of everyone’s development. A milestone that makes you a better, more broadly experienced lawyer.
From as early as your second seat, we’ll encourage everyone to start applying for a secondment, either in one of our global offices. There’s a lot of choice here, so our associates, partners and second-year trainees will all be happy to answer your questions and share their experiences.
This is a moment to build your confidence, but it’s also a leap into the unfamiliar, so we’ll do everything we can to make it easier. Wherever you’re going, we’ll arrange flights, insurance, accommodation and an expenses grant.
You won’t have to send a postcard, either – we’ll make sure we stay in contact throughout your time away. That way, we’ll always know how you’re getting on and we’ll be there to help with anything you need.