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Satisfaction with Work

7.9 / 10

(based on 19 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Like any other trainee I have had to do some admin and process-oriented work, such as managing condition precedent checklists, bundling etc. However, I have also had the opportunity to conduct legal research and develop my drafting skills."
Second year trainee, London
"As a second seat trainee in corporate, I have been given a lot of responsibility. I have prepared first drafts of shareholder agreements and debentures, worked on business development preparation slides for partners, played an integral part in the team in the closing of a huge transaction and undertaken legal research."
First year trainee, London
"My day-to-day role varies greatly depending on the work that I have been assigned. Some tasks are administrative in nature (running redlines, creating bibles, processing comments, reviewing fees and invoices). Other frequent tasks involve researching specific areas of law, new clients or new commercial developments and drafting memos or know-how notes on these. In terms of transactional work I am able to have a go at drafting more straightforward documents or certain sections within larger agreements."
First year trainee, London
"I've had varying levels of responsibility depending on department. As a trainee, work tends to lean towards the administrative side but you will occasionally be given a go at first drafts of documents for a transaction. These require original thought and can be highly satisfying."
First year trainee, London
"The work you get assigned can be really mixed. You can get asked to do some very high-quality research (drafting memos freehand) but you can also find yourself doing things like cutting and stitching pdfs, processing mark-ups etc."
Second year trainee, London
"Even in my first seat, I am given a good level of responsibility. Occasionally there will be some 'document grind' (preparing documents for signings and so on), but this is unavoidable at junior level and the extensive document services, IT, creative services, and printing/scanning support actually keep admin tasks to a relative minimum."
First year trainee, London
"The bulk of my work is drafting and corresponding with clients, which is very beneficial for developing core trainee skills."
First year trainee, London
"As a trainee, I'm responsible for managing the logistics of a transaction, drafting simple documentation and liaising with the other side on certain matters. I enjoy being given my own workstream to manage and working as part of a team."
First year trainee, London

2015

"I sit with a partner and assist with drafting documents and corresponding with clients on his matters. I also have primary responsibility for smaller matters with support from other associates."
Second year trainee, London
"I have lots of client interaction and responsibility. My day to day responsibilities vary but include drafting documents, corresponding with clients and local counsel and matter management."
First year trainee, London
"The work you are assigned is very seat dependent however, I have had a lot of client interaction during my time, ranging from phone calls and email correspondence, to client meetings and events."
Second year trainee, London
"How much client contact you get really varies by department. The same is probably true of the quality of work. The busier the department, the lower the quality of the work for the trainees tends to be."
First year trainee, London
"Trainees in the ICM group are often responsible for maintaining client contact on a day-to-day basis. Distributing revised drafts of documents, collecting and responding to client comments."
First year trainee, London
"I have excellent client contact - I'm in touch with clients every day. My day to day stuff is mainly admin - preparing and co-ordinating documents. Some tasks are quite repetitive though."
First year trainee, London
"I am a first seat trainee, and although I have not had face-to-face contact with clients as of yet (although that's largely to do with the nature of my department), am in constant contact with client over email. Have thus far been involved in drafting legal documentation, researching, bibling and general post-signing admin matters."
First year trainee, London
"I have had quite a lot of client contact and have been given more responsibility than expected."
Second year trainee, London
"In my last seat I had very high levels of day to day client contact as well as leading in meetings and on calls. There were a number of workstreams that I managed on my own but then other areas where I was more supervised."
Second year trainee, London
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