Graduate blog


Perspective of a Leeds trainee on secondment in Singapore

As part of the DLA Piper Graduate Programme I am currently on a six month secondment in the Singapore office Litigation and Regulatory team. Ever since I visited Singapore for Chinese New Year in February I knew it was a place I would come back to, so having the opportunity to live and work here for 6 months is incredible.

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My secondment to New York: dream come true

"I primarily chose to train with DLA Piper UK LLP because of its global standing and the opportunity for trainees to spend six months on secondment to one of its many offices spanning more than 40 countries.

In a world where businesses are becoming ever more global it is increasingly important for law firms and lawyers to have a global offering. Therefore, being seconded to the New York office to complete my third seat in Restructuring was a dream come true."

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When will I know if being a trainee is the right fit for me?

"Will I feel completely out my depth?" / "Will they hate me asking loads of questions?" / "Will I be able to get into the swing of things after my year out?"

These were just some of the questions flying around my head in the days, weeks and months leading up to the start of my traineeship at DLA Piper.

Most importantly perhaps, "When will I know if being a trainee there is right for me?".   I think I have already found the answer to the last question just a few weeks in, and I believe this is largely down to the firm I was fortunate enough to join. 

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