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2018

"Encourage and support more trainee socialising, especially as the trainees are situated across several offices."
First year trainee, Exeter
"More social events between trainees as a group and across all offices. Trainees are quite spread out so I don't feel that I know all of my fellow trainees as well as I could."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"More training focused on post qualification such as managing your own matters, dictations and compliance etc."
First year trainee, Exeter
"I would say the offering of more training courses (to be on an optional basis dependent on your workload) that are complimentary to your career and would enrich your skillset, particularly your commercial awareness, would be good."
First year trainee, Bristol

2017

"Better training staggered through the training contract and better communication about seat moves."
Newly qualified solicitor, Bristol
"A more competitive salary."
First year trainee, Exeter/Tiverton
"Increased transparency of the seat move process and more choice about the seats you do."
First year trainee, Exeter
"More early information about which departments might have space for a new qualifier."
Newly qualified solicitor, Taunton, Somerset
"Greater unity in the feedback received from supervisors."
First year trainee, Exeter
"Better supervision and engagement from partners."
First year trainee, Bristol
"More transparency in what future positions are available."
First year trainee, Exeter
"Consistency and training of mentors in leadership and management as well as development."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"More information on what we will earn as we progress through the ranks."
First year trainee, Taunton

2016

"A slightly more competitive salary would be nice."
First year trainee, Bristol
"More organised interaction with newly qualified solicitors."
First year trainee, Exeter
"More training and feedback from supervising partners."
First year trainee, Bristol
"More holiday entitlement and also more choice on seats in certain offices."
First year trainee, London
"Supervisors spending more time with trainees to show off their practice area."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"It would be an improvement if it was more clear which departments would have seats available. It would also be better if a greater period of notice could be given for our next seat."
First year trainee, Exeter
"Be more honest at the outset with applicants about the limited prospects of working in certain departments, primarily the private client areas. Put more pressure on supervisors to carry out the mid-seat and end-of-seat reviews properly and on time."
Second year trainee, Exeter

2015

"A more open seat move process and more communication regarding the available options and expected time-scales would be an improvement."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"I think that supervisors should be required to sit down with their new trainees on the first day of their seat."
First year trainee, Exeter
"Confirming seat moves more quickly would be ideal."
Second year trainee, Exeter

2014

"I would like the firm to inform trainees sooner of their next department."
First year trainee, Exeter
"Dealing with seat moves was never smooth however a new system has now been introduced as a result of our feedback which is working much better."
Second year trainee, Exeter
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