Satisfaction with Work

8.2 / 10

(based on 22 ratings in 2017)

2017

"I generally get good-quality work and and a high level of responsibility."
First year trainee, London
"The work is exceptional, with market-leading clients and legally significant transactions. The trainee's role can sometimes consist of largely administrative tasks but the overall exposure to work is first-rate."
Second year trainee, London
"I have been very impressed with the level of responsibility I have been given for my level and am often running calls and workstreams on sizeable deals."
First year trainee, London
"It really varies from group to group, your own experience, and how busy your department is. If you prove yourself competent in a busy transactional group, you can be left to manage small transactions. More typically you'll be having the first go at drafting documents and preparing forms. Advisory departments (and quiet transactional groups) generally keep you on a shorter leash, so there will be more research and you'll be given small pieces of work to do at a time."
Second year trainee, London
"The quality of work differs from department to department and individual interest. The firm gives you loads of responsibility if you are willing to take it. For example, as a trainee on an international secondment, I perform a junior role, which is great!"
Second year trainee, London but currently on an international secondment
"The clients are incredible and the work is very high level."
First year trainee, London
"I am given a wide variety of work, which can range from mundane tasks such as preparing for meetings and bundling, to detailed legal or corporate research, witness interviews and attending court."
First year trainee, London
"It's a typical trainee role but the best thing is that, once you prove yourself, there's always scope to take on and learn more."
Second year trainee, London
"My department (banking) has a lot of bibles and originals work, which I think paralegals and secretaries should have a greater role in as, in my opinion, we spend too much time on these. It feels as though we're not given higher-level work as people haven't got the time to explain the task thoroughly. Having said that, there is a lot of freedom to email clients."
First year trainee, London
"Tasks have included: legal research, proofreading, drafting contracts, attending court, preparing bundles, drafting pleading documents and attending client interviews."
Second year trainee, London

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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