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 they are well placed to represent the interests and views of the legal profession to key decision makers and legislators.

They are currently offering trainee solicitors from the UK a unique opportunity to undertake a six-month secondment in the Brussels Office commencing in September 2016.

As a trainee in the office you will assist the Brussels team in actively monitoring EU legal developments that range from competition law to criminal justice, public procurement to private international law. Specific tasks will include: preparing and writing the Brussels Agenda and the European Court of Justice case reports as well as drafting legislative updates highlighting developments in the corporate client and private client areas. You will also attend European Parliament hearings and high level conferences offering the opportunity to develop contacts with MEPs, key Commission officials and UK Government departments.

Trainees interested in applying will need to provide a letter from their firm/employer confirming that it will continue to pay their salary during the secondment.

Trainees are invited to send their application, which should comprise a CV and covering letter and confirmation from your firm/employer of consent to the secondment, and any questions to Antonella Verde.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 9 June 2016 and interviews will take place the following week (telephone interviews are possible).

For a first-hand account of working as a secondee, read Ben Wild’s blog – A day in the life of a Brussels secondee.