Secondments are not only associates but also of partners

I have always assumed that secondments apply only to associates. Barclays, however, upset my comfortable presumption since they recently obtained as a secondee a litigation partner from Simmons & Simmons. Corp. Counsel, Vol. 16, Aug. 2009 at 59, does give me a bit of comfort as it notes that this arrangement was “the first senior partner to take on a secondment.” The terms are not disclosed (See my post of July 17, 2008: secondment with 12 references; and Jan. 23, 2008: secondments with 8 references.). Actually, I uncovered another instance of a partner secondee (See my post of Feb. 12, 2009: lawyer served as seconded GC to Standard Chartered Bank.).

Since the last metapost on secondments I have accumulated ten more (See my post of Aug. 18, 2008: BT’s experience; Dec. 11, 2008: bring internal secondees to headquarters; May 23, 2008 #2: article on secondments in GC California; Oct. 12, 2008: mentions Bayer, GE, and Cisco having secondees; April 2, 2009: HSBC experience; June 4, 2009: familiarity and conflicts points; April 20, 2009 #1: Cardinal Health’s secondee at cost; May 6, 2009: secondment as an alternative fee arrangement; and July 20, 2009: ask in RFPs and scale secondments to fees.).

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