Secondment opportunities for trainee solicitors, paralegals and newly-qualified solicitors

We regularly offer trainee solicitors, paralegals and newly qualified solicitors from the UK a unique opportunity to undertake a six-month secondment in our office.

As a secondee in our office you will work with the Brussels team in monitoring EU legal developments that range from competition law to criminal justice, public procurement or private international law. This will include preparing and writing the Brussels Agenda, drafting legislative updates for members and speaking at internal and external meetings. Due to public health restrictions in relation to COVID-19, you won't be able to attend various meetings (in-person) that are normnally part of the secondment. In fact, you may not even be able to be physically with us in Brussels!

However, you can join us remotely and take part in all activities and events of the office. You can also attend various meetings and conferences online and tune into live stream transmissions of the EU and UK institutions.

We usually announce the upcoming opportunities around end of April/May for the autumn semester and end of October/November for the spring semester. Secondees interested in applying will need to provide a letter from their firm or employer confirming that it will continue to pay their salary during the secondment.

If you require an information note or would like to discuss the secondment, please contact

Five reasons why you and your firm should consider a secondment to the Brussels Office


Each year, the Brussels Office hosts four to six secondees for one of their seats. We think it would be a great professional challenge and opportunity for secondees to come and work with us. To encourage you to apply and your firm to support you, we prepared a short overview ...

Secondee testimonials

Completing a secondment during a global pandemic


Ellie Scott, Trainee Solicitor at Milton Keynes Council shares her experience and impressions from completing her secondment with us during the pandemic.

My experience as a legal secondee at the Brussels office


Thomas Bilbrough from AXA XL sahres his impression from his three-month secondment in Brussels.

Harriet Diplock, Burges Salmon


One of our trainee secondees Harriet Diplock answers some questions about how she secured the secondment and her experiences in Brussels over the past few months.

Caitlin Allan, Plexus Law


One of our trainee secondees Caitlin Allan answers some questions about how she secured the secondment and her experiences in Brussels over the past few months.

Tamasin Dorosti, Boyes Turner


One of our trainee secondees Tamasin Dorosti answers some questions about how she secured the secondment and her experiences in Brussels over the past few months.

I have arrived in Brussels!


Tamasin Dorosti, trainee solicitor on secondment to the Brussels Office shares experiences of her first month in the capital.

Law firm / organisation testimonials

Laura Devine, managing partner, Laura Devine Immigration Solicitors UK/US


’Laura Devine Immigration Lawyers seconded Madeleine Lamond, a trainee solicitor, to the Law Societies Joint Brussels Office.

Jeremy Dickerson, Partner, Head of International, Burges Salmon


Burges Salmon like to offer our trainees international secondment opportunities as it is an excellent way for them to experience working in a different environment and jurisdiction.

About the Joint Brussels Office

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The Law Societies' Brussels Office monitors developments and represents the profession in negotiations with the European institutions.

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