Overseas seat options

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Picking a firm for its overseas opportunities can be well worth the effort.

Note that certain cities – Brussels, Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore – are particularly common destinations for sending trainees to. If you want to go abroad and don't mind where you go, these are the likeliest contenders.

Some firms are known for sending trainees to unusual locations. For example, Slaughter and May sends trainees to São Paulo, Toronto and Oslo, Clyde & Co trainees can go to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and CMS offers seats in Bucherst, Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City. Note that certain firms, especially the magic circle, will offer several seats at a time in locations like Hong Kong, Singapore, Frankfurt or Dubai.

White & CaseWhite & Case offers all its trainees a guaranteed seat abroad.
Read our
 'firm spotlight' feature on White & Case's international seats for more.

New York is probably the most popular secondment destination among trainees, and doing a seat here is always a competitive business which may require some lobbying of lawyers in the US. To get the Inside View on life as a young lawyer in the US why not check out our sister publication for US law students Chambers Associate.

Finally, remember that overseas seat options are always changing based on the staffing needs of each office. The information below was provided to the Chambers Student Guide in summer 2016. If you have your heart set on a secondment to a certain location do check with a firm to hear its latest secondments options.


  Abu Dhabi Berwin Leighton Paisner ▪ Cleary  Clyde & Co  Dentons ▪ Linklaters  Reed Smith  Shearman & Sterling  Trowers & Hamlins ▪ White & Case
  Amsterdam Freshfields ▪ Linklaters ▪ Slaughter and May
  Athens Norton Rose Fulbright  Reed Smith ▪ Watson Farley & Williams
  Bangkok DLA Piper ▪ Watson Farley & Williams
  Beijing CMS ▪ White & Case
  Berlin Freshfields ▪ Slaughter and May
  Brussels Baker McKenzie ▪ Berwin Leighton Paisner  Bird & Bird  Freshfields  Herbert Smith Freehills  Hogan Lovells  Linklaters ▪ Morgan Lewis ▪ Nabarro  Shearman & Sterling  Sidley Austin  Slaughter and May Squire Patton Boggs
  Bucharest CMS
  Buenos Aires Cleary
  Copenhagen Slaughter and May
  Dar es Salaam Clyde & Co
  Doha Addleshaw Goddard  Clyde & Co  Eversheds Sutherland Pinsent Masons
  Dubai Addleshaw Goddard  Allen & Overy ▪ Ashurst ▪ Berwin Leighton Paisner  Clyde & Co  CMS  Dentons  DLA Piper Eversheds Sutherland  Freshfields  Gateley  Herbert Smith Freehills  Hogan Lovells  Holman Fenwick Willan  Ince & Co ▪ Jones Day King & Wood Mallesons  Linklaters ▪ Morgan Lewis ▪ Norton Rose Fulbright  Pinsent Masons  Simmons & Simmons ▪ Slaughter and May  Stephenson Harwood ▪ Taylor Wessing  Trowers & Hamlins  Vinson & Elkins  Watson Farley & Williams ▪ White & Case
  Dublin Dechert
  Düsseldorf Slaughter and May
  Frankfurt Allen & Overy  Freshfields ▪ King & Wood Mallesons  Linklaters  Norton Rose Fulbright  Slaughter and May ▪ Taylor Wessing ▪ White & Case
  Geneva Charles Russell Speechlys  Holman Fenwick Willan  Sidley Austin  Withers
  Hamburg Watson Farley & Williams
  Hong Kong Addleshaw Goddard ▪ Allen & Overy  Ashurst ▪ Baker McKenzie ▪ Berwin Leighton Paisner ▪ Cleary ▪ Clyde & Co ▪ DLA Piper ▪ Eversheds Sutherland ▪ Freshfields ▪ Herbert Smith Freehills ▪ Hogan Lovells ▪ Holman Fenwick Willan ▪ King & Wood Mallesons ▪ Kirkland & Ellis ▪ Latham & Watkins  Linklaters ▪ Mayer Brown ▪ Norton Rose Fulbright ▪ Ropes & Gray  RPC ▪ Sidley Austin ▪ Simmons & Simmons ▪ Skadden ▪ Slaughter and May ▪ Stephenson Harwood ▪ Sullivan & Cromwell ▪ Vinson & Elkins ▪ Weil ▪ White & Case ▪ Withers
  Houston Vinson & Elkins
  Johannesburg Baker McKenzie ▪ Hogan Lovells ▪ Norton Rose Fulbright
  Los Angeles Latham & Watkins
  Luxembourg King & Wood Mallesons
  Madrid Ashurst ▪ Baker McKenzie ▪ DLA Piper ▪ King & Wood Mallesons ▪ Latham & Watkins ▪ Linklaters ▪ Slaughter and May Thomas Cooper
  Luxembourg King & Wood Mallesons
  Melbourne Holman Fenwick Willan ▪ Sullivan & Cromwell
  Mexico City CMS
  Milan Allen & Overy  Linklaters ▪ Slaughter and May  Withers
  Monaco Ince & Co
  Moscow Allen & Overy CMS  DLA Piper  Freshfields  Linklaters ▪ Morgan Lewis ▪ White & Case
  Munich CMS ▪ Olswang ▪ Slaughter and May 
  Muscat Addleshaw Goddard ▪ Dentons ▪ Trowers & Hamlins
  New York Allen & Overy ▪ Baker & McKenzie ▪ Cleary  Curtis  Davis Polk ▪ Freshfields  Hogan Lovells  Kirkland & Ellis Mayer Brown  Shearman & Sterling  Skadden  Slaughter and May ▪ Sullivan & Cromwell ▪ Weil  White & Case
  Oslo Slaughter and May
  Paris Allen & Overy ▪ Cleary ▪ Eversheds Sutherland  Freshfields  Herbert Smith Freehills  Hogan Lovells ▪ Holman Fenwick Willan ▪ King & Wood Mallesons  Linklaters  Norton Rose Fulbright Olswang ▪ Simmons & Simmons  Slaughter and May ▪ Squire Patton Boggs ▪ Sullivan & Cromwell Travers Smith  Watson Farley & Williams  Weil ▪ White & Case
  Perth Clyde & Co ▪ Holman Fenwick Willan
  Piraeus Holman Fenwick Willan  Thomas Cooper
  Prague CMS ▪ White & Case
  Rio de Janeiro CMS
  Rome Allen & Overy ▪ Shearman & Sterling
  San Francisco Clyde & Co ▪ Dentons
  São Paulo Slaughter and May
  Seoul Herbert Smith Freehills ▪ Linklaters ▪ Stephenson Harwood
  Shanghai CMS ▪ Eversheds Sutherland  Linklaters
  Singapore Addleshaw Goddard Ashurst ▪ Berwin Leighton Paisner ▪ Clyde & Co Dechert ▪ Eversheds Sutherland ▪ Freshfields ▪ Herbert Smith Freehills ▪ Hogan Lovells ▪ Holman Fenwick Willan ▪ Latham & Watkins ▪ Linklaters ▪ Morgan Lewis ▪ Morrison & Foerster ▪ Norton Rose Fulbright ▪ Shearman & Sterling ▪ Slaughter and May ▪ Stephenson Harwood ▪ Taylor Wessing Thomas Cooper  Watson Farley & Williams ▪ White & Case
  Stockholm DLA Piper ▪ Slaughter and May ▪ White & Case
  Sydney Baker McKenzie ▪ DLA Piper ▪  Herbert Smith Freehills ▪ King & Wood Mallesons ▪ Norton Rose Fulbright
  Tokyo Allen & Overy ▪ Ashurst ▪ Freshfields ▪ Herbert Smith Freehills ▪ Linklaters ▪ Slaughter and May ▪ White & Case
  Toronto Slaughter and May
  Washington DC Freshfields ▪ Hogan Lovells
  Zürich Charles Russell Speechlys

Please note: this listing is a snapshot current as of summer 2016. Overseas seat options change frequently, so always check with the firm if you have a particular destination in mind.