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US law firm Crowell & Moring reveals London training contract ambitions

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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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