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Hopes to take on first UK trainees from September 2021

US law firm Crowell & Moring is to launch a training contract programme in its London office, Legal Cheek has learned.

As part of an ambitious growth strategy, Washington-headquartered Crowell & Moring hopes to welcome its first UK trainees through its doors from September 2021, The Lawyer (£) reports. Details regarding the number of TCs the firm hopes to offer, and what rookies can expect in the way of remuneration, remain unknown.

That said, it’s probably safe to presume a sizeable salary will be up for grabs if the firm chooses to follow in the footsteps of its US counterparts who are already recruiting UK rookies. Traditionally, US firms have much smaller trainee intakes compared to their UK-founded rivals, allowing them to offer hefty six-figure salaries that are often in line with US market rates. Crowell & Moring’s US rookies currently receive a salary of $180,000 (£140,350) upon qualification.

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News of the graduate recruitment ambitions came as Robert Weekes, the former managing partner of Squire Patton Boggs, took over reigns of the firm’s London office. Commenting on his new role, the litigation and financial services partner said:

“This is an exciting opportunity to take a leadership role at a firm that is clearly on the move internationally. I see myself as a person who knows how to grow teams that work well together across practice groups to find innovative and commercial solutions for clients. I am delighted to join Crowell & Moring, a firm that is known throughout the legal industry for its entrepreneurial spirit and ability to deliver superb value and outstanding service to clients.”

A relatively new kid on the block, Crowell & Moring was founded in 1979 by a group of over 50 lawyers, most of whom were previously at fellow US player Jones Day. It has over 500 lawyers across seven offices and covers a broad range of work, including antitrust, corporate and securities and international arbitration.

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47 Comments

Anonymous

Rookie

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Anonymous

I am really scared of receding hair.

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Top of the tops

Sounds top.. perhaps even top top..

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Anonymous

Utterly obscure firm, with about 15 employees to a room in Tower42.

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More anonymous

And yet you seem so well informed.

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Anonymous

Lightweights compared to the great, top top Greenberg Glusker. Top firm.

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Kronos

Amen. To give an analogy, this firm is a Dominic Raab to the David Davis that is Greenberg Glusker LLP.

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Anonymous

LMAO Weekes better go hit the treadmill, not start setting up training contracts. The last firm he managed is still recovering from the effects

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Anonymous

Seems harsh. I don’t think W can be held entirely accountable for all the unpleasantness that has sailed (first class) across the Atlantic at his old firm.

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Anonymous

What’s the vibe at squires at the moment?

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Anonymous

I forgot the still existed

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Anonymous

they*. Apologies typo.

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SPBslave

Boiler room

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Anonymous

Dreadful and progressively worsening

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Anonymous

The firm intends to rename itself to Cornwell and Boring…

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JD Partner

The decision to split from JD confirms that.

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Second Year QMUL Law Student

Serious question – would this be a good place to train? I’ve got a few interviews coming up but would this firm equally enable me to experience a range of practice areas, possibly some secondments and earn some top MoneyLaw salaries? The firm’s growth plans in London excite me very much.

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Kronos

If you don’t train at Greenberg Glusker LLP there is no point in being alive.

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Anonymous

thank u sir what is the work life balance please at Greenberg Glukser?

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Anonymous

1. Don’t say ‘moneylaw’ it makes you sound clueless. Legalcheek invented it and no one in the legal industry uses it. It’s really cringe.

2. You’re better off at a high tier UK firm for training. Most US firms don’t train their trainees properly as they don’t have the resources or experience. You can move extremely easily a couple of years after qualification and possibly at NQ if you want the money. It’s still better than no training contract at all, but if you have competing offers choose MC or SC.

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Anonymous

US firms make up for lack of training with better responsibility and throwing trainees in the deep end more. The ones that are suited to this emerge more confident and work above their PQE. I trained at a top English firm and I really believe that with the odd exception, the idea of regular detailed ongoing and practice-specific training is a myth. The reality is that associates with the knowledge are too busy and do not always see that it’s necessary to run these sessions.

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Anonymous

I did used to think the same until I worked across from US firm trainees and worked with people who had been at US firms. The trainees are often (though definitely not always) quite clueless if you get them on the phone and most senior associates who have come from US firms lament that their former trainees usually didn’t know what they were doing in comparison to MC firms.

As for associates not bothering to run sessions – that’s not something I’ve ever experienced at all but obviously every firm and department is different.

We’re talking in big generalisations here of course and every trainee has totally different experiences even within the same firm – all I can do is relay what seems to me to be the general trend. I’d still say a TC at Latham for example is better than CMS, but then someone who trained at Freshfields is usually going to be more competent than someone who trained at VE (to take the extremes).

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Anonymous

VE are pretty established in London now.

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Anonymous

I think the very good US firms have very good trainees, by and large. I’m not so sure that latham/skadden/sullcrom trainees end up not knowing anything. It is a different type of training but a conpletely legitimate alternative to UK shops.

Obviously if you have an offer from a rubbish US firm which doesn’t give you sufficient breadth or quality of work, or pay much attention to trainees at all, then yes, you’d be better off going MC/SC. Crowell is obviously going to fall into this category, along with most of the random US shops people on LC are always asking ‘what’s the nq salary at’.

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Anonymous

This seems like an appropriate place to ask – what’s the current NQ at Neubert Pepe & Monteith?

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Anonymous

But sir, the CMS Academy is the pinnacle of training, a lofty perch from which the CMS roosters preen their feathers and look on in dismay at the poorly trained NQs of lesser firms.

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Anonymous

6th largest firm by headcount…must be top

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Anonymous

Pakistan is the 6th largest country by headcount, I’m not about to suggest it’s the strongest global competitor.

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Anonymous

It’s only that high in headcount because of many mergers. Shows lack of efficiencies not necessarily reflection of quality and scale of work. For all that headcount it isn’t in the top 30 worldwide for revenue or PEP

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Anonymous

The Liverpool office will be TOP

Anonymous

Cough* Greenburg Glusker* cough

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Anonymous

No deal

No deal

No deeeeaaaaaaal cha cha cha

It’s going to be biblical

This is your first opportunity to get rich for those under 40

An asset price reset and soaring inflation

Get it right and you are sorted

Ask yourself: why does my labour buy less and less? It’s deliberate. But for Brexit incomes in the U.K. would have continued to fall until on a par with India

You have nothing to lose

Embrace the chaos

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Anonymous

Stock up on tinned food to get ahead in 2019/20

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Dichart

LLL

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D'ow

It’s spelt Dechert

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Anonymous

Something odd has happened today. For context, I am a white male aged 37. I am a senior associate working at a reasonably small firm based near Moorgate.

When I arrived at work the security man at the door greeted me along the lines of “good morning, my [insert n word here].” It didn’t even clock with me what he said until I was about 10 to 15 strides past him. Very confused, I continued walking. He is a bit odd and I thought he was perhaps just trying to be funny, but things got even more weird.

Everybody in the office is calling me the n word. Literally everybody – the café barista, the trainee, the partner I work most closely with. They are just doing so incredibly casually, as if they are just referring to me by my name. Am I going crazy? Is this some sort of incredibly offensive practical joke?

If this is some sort of an internet thing, or anybody has any explanation whatsoever I am keen to hear it.

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Fitz

I think it is all in your mind, bruv

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Anonymous

Are you definitely white?

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Anonymous

He’s like the blind guy in the eighties movie who screams “You’re telling me I’m not white???!”

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Franz Kafka

This is nothing new, you’re trapped in an absurd universe.

Thank u, next.

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Future Trainee

Is Dechert a top tier firm?

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Rubeus Hagrid

Most certainly

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Anonymous

Any advice on whether to go to Latham or an MC (A

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Anonymous

Doesn’t matter imo, all reputable. Pick which you like, or dread the least. Most of your life for two years would be spent there.

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Anonymous

Better go to Latham or you need your head examined.

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Anonymous

Why would you say Latham?

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Anonymous

Before you apply for a training contract, make sure you have a YouTube channel, works wonders

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