Secondment opportunity in Brussels for trainee solicitors, newly qualified solicitors, and paralegals

The Brussels Office of the three Law Societies (England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) acts as the voice of the solicitors’ profession in Europe. Situated in the heart of the EU district, it’s well placed to represent the interests and views of the legal profession to key decision makers and legislators.

The Brussels Office is offering trainee solicitors, newly qualified solicitors and paralegals from the UK a unique opportunity to undertake a three- to six-month secondment beginning in September 2020.

There has never been a better time to be in Brussels; you’ll be at the centre of the biggest political change of this century, which has momentous constitutional and legal implications. The office has already cleared the legal details with the Belgian authorities for the trainee scheme to continue in the case of no-deal Brexit.

Responsibilities

As a trainee in the office, you’ll 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
  • drafting legislative updates highlighting developments in the corporate client and private client areas
  • attending high-level conferences and meetings offering the opportunity to develop contacts with institutional and business stakeholders, including UK government departments
  • posting regular stories on the Brussels Office website

Social media skills would be a welcome asset, as the Brussels Office is keen to increase its visibility and impact on social media.

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 secondment.

COVID-19

The secondment programme has never stopped, even during the lockdown caused by COVID-19. Junior lawyer secondees have been working remotely from their own homes. It is envisaged that, in September, secondees will be able to travel and work in the office, without being subject to quarantine. The office premises are fully compliant with all health and safety measures required by the authorities.

How to apply

Send your CV, covering letter and confirmation from your firm/employer of consent to the secondment to Antonella Verde.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 28 June 2020 and interviews will take place the week of 6 July 2020 by phone or video.

If you would like more information or want to discuss the secondment, contact Antonella Verde.