Overseas seat options

Overseas seats 2

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 Bucharest, 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 2017. If you have your heart set on a secondment to a certain location do check with a firm to hear its latest secondments options.

If the name of the city below is listed in red, then you can click on it to find out more about being a trainee in that overseas destination.

 

   Abu Dhabi Allen & Overy ▪ Berwin Leighton Paisner ▪ Bird & Bird ▪ Cleary ▪ Clyde & Co ▪ Linklaters ▪ Reed Smith ▪ Shearman & Sterling ▪ Trowers & Hamlins ▪ White & Case
     
  Amsterdam Allen & Overy ▪ Freshfields ▪ Linklaters ▪ Slaughter and May
     
  Athens Norton Rose Fulbright ▪ Reed Smith ▪ Watson Farley & Williams
     
  Bahrain Norton Rose Fulbright ▪ Trowers & Hamlins ▪ Watson Farley & Williams
     
  Bangkok DLA Piper ▪ Watson Farley & Williams
     
  Beijing CMS ▪ Trowers & Hamlins ▪ White & Case
     
  Berlin Freshfields ▪ Slaughter and May
     
  Brussels Baker McKenzie ▪ Berwin Leighton Paisner ▪ Bird & Bird ▪ Dechert ▪ Freshfields Herbert Smith Freehills ▪ Hogan Lovells ▪ Latham & Watkins ▪ Linklaters ▪ Morgan Lewis Shearman & Sterling ▪ Sidley Austin ▪ Slaughter and May ▪ Squire Patton Boggs
     
  Bucharest CMS
     
  Buenos Aires Cleary
     
  Chicago Mayer Brown
     
  Copenhagen Slaughter and May
     
  Dar es Salaam Clyde & Co
     
  Doha Clyde & Co
     
  Dubai Addleshaw Goddard ▪ Allen & Overy ▪ Ashurst ▪ Berwin Leighton Paisner ▪  Clyde & CoCMS ▪ Dentons ▪ DLA Piper ▪ Freshfields ▪ Gibson Dunn ▪ Herbert Smith Freehills ▪ HFW ▪ Hogan Lovells ▪ Ince & Co ▪ Jones Day ▪ Latham & Watkins ▪ Linklaters ▪ Morgan Lewis Norton Rose Fulbright ▪ Reed Smith ▪ 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 Freshfields Linklaters ▪ Norton Rose Fulbright ▪ Slaughter and May ▪ Taylor Wessing ▪ White & Case
     
  Geneva Charles Russell Speechlys ▪ HFW ▪ Withers
     
  Hamburg Ince & Co ▪ Watson Farley & Williams
     
  Hong Kong Addleshaw Goddard ▪ Allen & Overy ▪ Ashurst ▪ Baker McKenzie ▪ Berwin Leighton Paisner ▪ Cleary ▪ Clyde & Co ▪ Freshfields ▪ Gibson DunnHerbert Smith Freehills ▪ HFW ▪ Hogan Lovells ▪ KennedysKirkland & Ellis ▪ Latham & Watkins ▪ Linklaters ▪ Mayer Brown ▪ Norton Rose Fulbright ▪ Ropes & Gray  RPC ▪ Sidley Austin ▪ Simmons & Simmons ▪ Slaughter and May ▪ Stephenson Harwood Sullivan & Cromwell ▪ Vinson & Elkins ▪ Weil ▪ White & Case
     
  Houston Vinson & Elkins
     
  Johannesburg Allen & OveryBaker McKenzie ▪ Hogan Lovells ▪ Norton Rose Fulbright
     
  Los Angeles Latham & Watkins
     
  Madrid Allen & Overy ▪ Ashurst ▪ Baker McKenzie ▪ Bird & Bird ▪ DLA Piper ▪ Latham & Watkins ▪ Linklaters ▪ Slaughter and May
     
  Melbourne Baker McKenzie ▪ HFW ▪ Sullivan & Cromwell
     
  Mexico City CMS
     
  Milan Allen & Overy ▪ DLA Piper ▪ Linklaters ▪ Norton Rose Fulbright ▪ Slaughter and May ▪ Withers
     
  Monaco Ince & Co
     
  Moscow Cleary ▪ DLA Piper ▪ Freshfields ▪ Herbert Smith Freehills ▪ Linklaters ▪ Morgan Lewis Norton Rose Fulbright ▪ Vinson & Elkins ▪ White & Case
     
  Munich Norton Rose Fulbright ▪ Slaughter and May 
     
  Muscat Addleshaw Goddard ▪ Dentons ▪ Trowers & Hamlins
     
  New York Allen & Overy ▪ Cleary ▪ Freshfields ▪ Herbert Smith Freehills ▪ HFW ▪ Hogan Lovells ▪ Ince & Co ▪ Kirkland & Ellis ▪ Latham & Watkins ▪ Shearman & Sterling ▪ Sullivan & Cromwell ▪ Weil ▪ White & Case
     
  Oslo Slaughter and May
     
  Paris

Allen & Overy ▪ Cleary ▪ Freshfields ▪ Herbert Smith Freehills ▪ HFW ▪ Hogan Lovells  Ince & Co  Latham & Watkins  Linklaters  Norton Rose Fulbright  Simmons & Simmons  Squire Patton Boggs  Stephenson Harwood  Sullivan & Cromwell  Travers Smith  Watson Farley & Williams  Weil  White & Case

     
  Piraeus HFW ▪ Ince & Co ▪ Thomas Cooper
     
  Prague CMS ▪ White & Case
     
  Rio de Janeiro CMS
     
  Rome Allen & Overy
     
  San Francisco Clyde & Co ▪ Dentons
     
  São Paulo Slaughter and May
     
  Seoul Herbert Smith Freehills ▪ Stephenson Harwood
     
  Shanghai Ince & Co
     
  Singapore Addleshaw Goddard ▪ Allen & Overy ▪ Ashurst ▪ Berwin Leighton Paisner ▪ CMS ▪ Dentons ▪ Freshfields ▪ Herbert Smith Freehills ▪ HFWHill Dickinson ▪ Hogan Lovells ▪ Latham & Watkins ▪ Linklaters ▪ Morgan Lewis ▪ Morrison & Foerster ▪ Norton Rose Fulbright ▪ Reed Smith ▪ Shearman & Sterling ▪ Slaughter and May ▪ Stephenson Harwood ▪ Taylor Wessing ▪ Thomas Cooper ▪ Watson Farley & Williams ▪ White & Case
     
  Stockholm Slaughter and May ▪ White & Case
     
  Sydney Baker McKenzie ▪ Dentons ▪  Herbert Smith Freehills ▪ Norton Rose Fulbright ▪ Sullivan & Cromwell
     
  Tokyo Allen & Overy ▪ Ashurst ▪ Baker McKenzie ▪ Freshfields ▪ Herbert Smith Freehills ▪ Linklaters ▪ Slaughter and May ▪ Vinson & Elkins ▪ White & Case
     
  Toronto Slaughter and May
     
  Washington DC Cleary ▪ Freshfields ▪ Hogan Lovells ▪ Latham & Watkins
     
                                                                                                                                                               

Please note: this listing is a snapshot current as of summer 2017. Overseas seat options change frequently, so always check with the firm if you have a particular destination in mind