US agency is newest to supply UK-Asia rookie programme

Ropes & Gray has launched a route for London trainees to work upon qualification within the agency’s Tokyo workplace. Trainees begin on the agency’s London workplace with a assured Tokyo seat, earlier than returning to London. Upon reaching two-years PQE the lawyer might be completely primarily based in Japan.

The place is fairly area of interest, in that it’s solely open to graduates with Japanese language abilities and an curiosity of working in Tokyo.

However, whereas worldwide secondments to far-flung areas throughout a two-year coaching contract aren’t a brand new idea for regulation companies, there does appear to be a sample in direction of London coaching contracts with a uniquely Asian focus. Freshfields, for instance, has a London-Asia coaching contract for graduates fluent in English and a local in an Asian language (Mandarin, Korean or Indonesian). Rookies spend their first yr in London and second yr in Asia. After the two-year coaching contract, the trainee qualifies into one of many agency’s Asian workplace as an England & Wales certified solicitor.

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Equally, Linklaters has China-London and Singapore-London coaching contracts. For the China-London coaching contract, trainees spend two seats in London and two in China (Beijing, Shanghai) or Hong Kong. As soon as certified newly certified (NQ) associates begin their careers in one of many three workplaces. For these roles, native Mandarin and command of English is a should. For these eager to make the transfer to Asia however with out language abilities, the Singapore-London coaching contract has no language necessities. As soon as certified, those that comply with this route will work as an affiliate within the agency’s Singapore workplace.

For college kids not able to make the dedication to qualifying right into a agency’s Asian workplace, many different companies supply six-month Asia coaching contract secondments. Companies providing secondments particularly to Tokyo are rarer, however embrace Ashurst, Herbert Smith Freehills and White & Case.

Talking in regards to the London-Tokyo coaching contract, Ben Morris, Tokyo-based finance accomplice at Ropes & Grey, stated:

“We’re very excited to have the ability to supply this distinctive coaching contract programme, which ensures profitable candidates a seat in our Tokyo workplace and a route post-qualification to working with us in Tokyo full-time. We solely launched the programme final yr, so it’s nonetheless comparatively new, however we’re already attracting high-quality candidates. Though it’s area of interest, it presents a superb alternative for these with Japanese language abilities and an curiosity in working in Tokyo.”