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Secondments: what you need to know.

This week’s newsletter focuses on the secondment opportunities that many firms offer to trainees and juniors. Going on a secondment to a client is likely to be a very interesting experience in its own right, but it can also pay dividends for your career in the longer term thanks to the knowledge, understanding and contacts that you will pick up. This week’s LCN Says and Oracle both look at the various benefits of going on secondment, while the Feature explores how secondments work with the help of the many solicitors who were happy to talk to us about their experiences. Elsewhere, the Burning Question explains the important difference between ‘ethical’ and ‘responsible’ investment. And we also report News on the winners of last week’s LCN Awards, the Russell Group universities dropping down the law league table and the underreported case of a High Court judge’s “regret” at being unable to overturn swingeing NHS pharmacy cuts implemented by every doctor’s favourite politician, Jeremy Hunt.

Stephenson Harwood LLP

Meet the Lawyer

Alex Thornton - Stephenson Harwood LLP

SH associate Alex Thornton describes what he enjoys about life at a firm that offers great quality of work, the chance to interact with interesting people and an appreciation of individuality.

Brochure Focus

Clyde & Co LLP

Get inside Clyde & Co with its info-packed brochure, highlighting the exciting opportunities at this internationally renowned firm.


Meet the Recruiter

Alice Lines - Dentons

Alice Lines explains what it’s like to be a graduate recruitment adviser – including keeping all manner of plates spinning – at Dentons, the world’s largest law firm.

Is the customer always right?

LCN Blogs

Is the customer always right?

Sarah Louise

While in many ways the legal profession is a stand-alone industry, it nevertheless shares some features and objectives with all businesses in the provision of their services.

Isla Grant - What’s in it for me? Why you should go on secondment

LCN Says

What’s in it for me? Why you should go on secondment

Isla Grant

The idea of going on secondment as a trainee can mean different things to different people - for some, it conjures up images of cultural experiences in exotic locations. For others, it’s about entering the heart of the client, and working out how best to serve their needs from that vantage point.

Doing the right thing: ethical investment by pension schemes

Burning Question

Doing the right thing: ethical investment by pension schemes

Can trustees of UK pension schemes take into account ethical considerations when investing scheme assets, or must they only be concerned with financial factors?



Why client secondments are valuable opportunities for trainee solicitors

Client secondments provide trainee solicitors with a valuable opportunity to spend time working closely with a client in its in-house legal team; taking on greater responsibility, developing an understanding of the client’s business and building strong client relationships that will have long-term benefits well after the trainee has qualified.

The Oracle

The Oracle

Client secondment during my training contract?

From my research, client secondments seem to be an ever more popular part of training contracts at many commercial firms. What are the benefits of going on a client secondment over staying within the firm for the duration of the training contract?

Take 5

Anyone for seconds?

Here are five firms that offer the chance to go on international secondment to their trainees:


South East London

Belshaw & Curtin - Paralegal with a view to a training contract

Landlord and tenant specialist Belshaw & Curtin seeks an LPC graduate to join the firm as a paralegal, with a view to progressing onto a training contract. Apply by Friday 2 June.

If this vacancy no longer appears on LawCareers.Net then it has been filled, but keep checking the Jobs section for all the latest vacancies.

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