01 March 2021
Secondment Opportunity in Brussels
Exciting opportunity in Brussels for trainee solicitors/newly qualified solicitors/paralegals to gain international experience
Who are we?
The Brussels Office of the three Law
Societies (England & Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) acts as
the voice of the Solicitors’ profession in Europe. Situated in the heart
of the EU district we are well placed to represent the interests and
views of the legal profession to key decision makers and legislators.
are currently offering trainee solicitors, newly qualified solicitors
and paralegals from the UK, a unique opportunity to undertake a
three/four-month remotely secondment in the Brussels Office commencing
in Mid-April/May 2021.
There has never been a better time to work
for the Brussels office; you will be at the centre of the biggest
political change of this century, which has momentous constitutional and
As a trainee, you will assist the Brussels
team in actively monitoring EU legal developments that range from
competition law to criminal justice, public procurement to private
Specific tasks will include: preparing and
writing the Brussels Agenda as well as drafting legislative updates
highlighting developments in the corporate client and private client
areas. You will also attend high-level conferences and meetings online,
offering the opportunity to learn about institutional and business
stakeholders, including UK Government departments. You will conduct
legal research, assist with the production of guidance for Law Society
members and make presentations to the Law Society’s EU Committee. You
may prepare briefing notes or provide ad hoc assistance for events
organised by the Office or any of the UK Law Societies.
addition, you will learn a lot about the EU institutions and bring that
knowledge back to your firm. We also encourage trainees seconded to our
office to pursue subjects that are of interest to them and their firm,
even if they are not a priority in our own agenda.
What to expect?
trainees’ program has run throughout the pandemic: our trainees have
been working remotely from their own homes. This has not hindered their
ability to work on EU matters. All team meetings, Committee proceedings,
webinars happen now online. See this testimonial from one of our former trainees.
can expect a warm welcome to the team. At the beginning of the
secondment, trainees will be introduced to the team by video call
(Microsoft Teams) with each member of the team. This also provides an
opportunity to familiarise themselves with the work of the office. A
‘typical’ day working remotely starts with a virtual team meeting
whereby the team catch up and discuss their tasks for the day.
can expect to broaden their knowledge and general legal aptitude as
they will be exposed to a diverse and unfamiliar range of legal areas.
Some of the skills which trainees can expect to develop are
communication, research, analytical and drafting skills.
It is a
busy and exciting time for the office and as such there are many
projects for trainees to involve themselves in despite the lack of
physical presence in our office. Trainees work alongside policy advisors
and are required to assist with a range of different and varied tasks.
Brussels Office is keen to increase its visibility and impact on social
media and so social media skills would be an asset. The candidate can
expect to have conduct of the social media accounts, posting daily
How to apply?
Anybody interested in
applying will need to provide a letter from their firm/employer
confirming that it will continue to pay their salary during the
Candidates are invited to send their application,
which should be comprised of a CV and covering letter and confirmation
from your firm/employer of consent to the secondment to Antonella
The closing date for applications is Tuesday 23rd March and interviews will take place the week of 29 March by phone or Microsoft Teams video.
If you require an information note or would like to discuss the secondment, please contact email@example.com.
You can also find further trainee and law firm testimonials on our website here.