The Brussels Office of the three Law Societies (England & Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) acts as the voice of the solicitors’ profession in Europe, representing the interests and views of the legal profession to key decision-makers and legislators.

It is currently offering trainee solicitors from the UK a unique opportunity to undertake a six-month secondment in the Brussels Office, commencing in September 2015.

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 email their application, which should comprise a CV and covering letter and confirmation from your firm / employer of consent to the secondment to Mickaël Laurans, head of the Brussels Office.

The closing date for applications is Friday 7 August 2015 with interviews taking place on Tuesday 18 August (telephone interviews are possible).

If you require an information note or would like to discuss the secondment, please contact Mickaël Laurans, head of the Brussels Office.