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Lucy, a trainee from the Manchester Office, describes her time on international secondment in Singapore

A country which has undergone a dramatic transformation from small British colony to global economic powerhouse, Singapore has been an incredible place to spend the second seat of my training contract. Known for its futuristic architecture, the island state has also proven to be a melting pot of culture, with its renowned hawker centres revealing influences of its rich and diverse heritage and the areas of Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam giving visitors a glimpse of the Singapore of the past. Couple that with the weekend hikes, champagne brunches and beaches of Sentosa and I certainly have not been short of things to do.

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Chris, a trainee from the London office, discusses the benefits of undertaking a client secondment

Having decided that I wanted to qualify into the real estate team at DLA Piper, a secondment to one of the department’s key clients seemed like the logical next step. The opportunity to broaden my skill set, to develop my sector knowledge and to better understand the property investment market would be invaluable experience as a newly qualified real estate lawyer. I submitted an application to spend my fourth and final seat as a member of PGIM’s London in-house legal counsel and was fortunate enough to be successful.

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Kate and Emily, trainees from our Leeds office, share insight into their time on international secondment in Dubai

DLA Piper has an impressive presence in the Middle East and, in addition to the UAE, has offices in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The Dubai office acts as the hub for the firm's Middle East practice and a secondment was a great opportunity to gain exposure to a different jurisdiction in an environment of central importance to the regional and international business. The office is much smaller than the Leeds office where we both spent the first 18 months of our training contracts and everyone was very friendly and welcoming.

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