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Agnes Yeung, a trainee from our Hong Kong office, discusses the value of her international secondment to London

One of the major perks about working in a global law firm like DLA piper is that one is spoilt for choice when it comes to secondment opportunities. Having spent my first three seats in my hometown Hong Kong, I was eager to explore the possibility of spending the last six months of my traineeship on secondment in a foreign city. After much thought and consideration, I decided to apply for secondment in London with the Corporate funds team – a decision which turns out to be one of the best I have ever made.

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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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