Graduate blog


Calum, a trainee from the Edinburgh Office, discusses the benefits of undertaking a client secondment

One of the things that appealed to me most about DLA Piper was the number and variety of secondments on offer, internationally as well as domestically. I was fortunate to be selected to spend six months as a member of the in-house dispute resolution team of a large UK bank in Glasgow. Having just finished a seat in DLA's Litigation and Regulatory team in Edinburgh, which I really enjoyed, I was excited to be able to spend another six months in a contentious role. The secondment was invaluable in offering me a different perspective on the role of a lawyer and improving my commercial awareness.

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John, a trainee from the London Office, talks about his experience on an internal secondment to our Pro Bono department

For my third seat I went on internal secondment to the pro bono team. The UK pro bono department  of two full time staff coordinates and manages over 25,000 hours of pro bono work in the UK every year, the equivalent of about 14 full time lawyers – which is a mammoth task! I have always been interested in human rights and access to justice. Throughout my legal studies I volunteered with human rights NGOs and legal clinics – so it was great to see the work that a leading commercial law firm does in these areas. 

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