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US law firm Fried Frank launches London pupillage programme

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Rookie barristers will undertake a six-month secondment at a Holborn-based chambers

The London office of US law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson has taken on its first trainee barrister, not solicitor, after gaining approval from the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

The New York-headquartered outfit already takes on approximately four trainees a year, but has now revealed its first pupil started her training last month. This barrister move isn’t going to be a one-off; the firm is already looking to recruit a second.

Its current pupil is spending her first six months under the supervision of the firm’s in-house barrister and disputes resolution partner James Kitching. When her first six is under her belt, the unnamed pupil will then spend her final six months (pupillage, unlike a training contact, is only a year long) on secondment at London’s 33 Bedford Row.

Legal Cheek understands that the firm — which launched its London office in 1970, becoming one of the first US players to establish itself on European soil — is looking to eventually take on pupils for the full 12 months.

So far, Fried Frank has remained tightlipped over pupil salary figures. However, an old Pupillage Gateway advertisement which closed earlier this year (screenshot below) suggests “financial support” of between £30,000 and £39,999. The advert also states that pupils will be based “primarily” in the firm’s litigation department.

The BSB has confirmed to Legal Cheek that Fried received BSB pupillage training organisation (PTO) approval last December. The Gateway — which advertises pupillage opportunities across England and Wales — reopens on 28 November.

Earlier this year, Legal Cheek reported that Fried Frank had brought forward its UK training contract plans to accommodate three stricken King & Wood Mallesons trainees. The scheme’s launch had originally been scheduled for 2018.

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18 Comments

Anonymous

For a moment I thought they said the pupil was spending a second 6 at Holborn Chambers and though ‘lol wtf?!’

Anonymous

Britain is in real danger. We need a Labour/Lib Dem coalition. Lib Dems will keep Corbyn in check whilst he implements the overall necessary changes to welfare and housing in this country. They will also push for that much needed second referendum and we will stop the Brexit nonsense that will drive this country to the ground if it is allowed to continue.

Viva la revolution. Socialist capitalism is alive.

Anonymous

I’m with you buddy, shame the pompous lawyer types here won’t agree. Or the skinheads in the regions. Two different types of people, but same obstacle to justice and progress.

Rupert; a US Firm Associate

Whatever it is that you two fruitcakes are taking – I want to try it too. Sounds hilarious.

Patrick

I must return some videotapes.

Anonymous

U wot?

Anonymous

“much needed second referendum”

lol

TAKE BACK CONTROL

WINNING

Anonymous

Stfu you flacid Nazi.

Anonymous

Pompous lawyers is right

Anonymous

You do realise Corbyn voted to Leave, don’t you? Despite his limp campaign to the contrary, he (pushed by McDonnell) wants to leave the EU so he can avoid state-aid/EU law generally and nationalise the hell out of everything. The majority of the Labour MPs are to gutless to stand against him/Momentum and so will go along with anything. Even if the LibDems got into bed with them (which they wouldn’t) they couldn’t stop the (nationalised) train from going full-tilt down that track.

Anonymous

Uhhh hence the Lib Dem comments. Fool.

Anonymous

You’re deluded if you think Labour under Corbyn and McDonnell will let 15 LibDems rein them in. You’ve seen them ostracise those in their own party. Youve surely heard of the abuse dished out to MPs who have tried to stand up. If not, google (before that gets banned) Angela Eagle and Luciana Berger. If they win with a majority they wouldn’t need them anyway.

Anonymous

Anything is better than the Tories and the current broken system. Grenfell is the fault of the Tories and those who vote for them.

Anonymous

Hah, downvoted by a pack of Tories. Upset that you used your vote in such a way that indirectly costs lives? Vote otherwise next time if it morally bothers you

Anonymous

Nationalisation can occur without running amok of state aid rules. It simply depends whether market price is paid

Anonymous

To employ a barrister is to castrate a lion

Anonymous

Yep, but the lion gets a state of the art cell in London zoo, with guaranteed feed every day, as opposed to the freedom (but uncertainty) of the savannah.

Anonymous

You’re deluded if you think Labour under Corbyn and McDonnell will let 15 LibDems rein them in. You’ve seen them ostracise those in their own party. Youve surely heard of the abuse dished out to MPs who have tried to stand up. If not, google (before that gets banned) Angela Eagle and Luciana Berger. If they win with a majority they wouldn’t need them anyway.

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