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Satisfaction with Work

8.1 / 10

(based on 14 ratings in 2016)

2016

"This differs from department to department. Within the Bristol Employment team there is a very high level of client interaction. We are encouraged to talk to clients from day one and regularly call clients to take instructions and pass on information. Day-to-day responsibilities include all elements of drafting and progressing employment claims, including looking into settlement options and negotiating settlement on behalf of clients. There were also opportunities to attend hearings with counsel and preliminary hearings without counsel."
First year trainee, Bristol
"I have a good level of supervision and am given interesting things to work on. Generally I am involved in a lot of client contact, be it in person or via telephone conference."
First year trainee, Exeter
"Some departments have been quieter than others so the amount of work can vary, but the work I have received has been challenging and interesting. Great deal of interaction with clients permitted, involved in meetings and completions. Given a lot of responsibility."
Second year trainee, London
"Work is hands-on, engaging, and the levels of responsibility are high. This can be negative though, if not accompanied by adequate feedback."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The training contract has been challenging, but I have never felt like I am completely out of my depth. I have been thrown in at the deep end on the odd occasion, but the challenge has really helped me develop my skills. The work is varied and interesting and client contact has been relatively common."
First year trainee, Exeter
"I do not have too much face-to-face client interaction. However, depending on the seat and client, I can have a fairly regular degree of client interaction by email and telephone. My day-to-day responsibilities vary greatly."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"I have quite a lot of responsibility, which is good, and get the opportunity to get involved in a variety of work. This sometimes means a heavy workload though so I have had to make sure I am ultra-organised and prioritise effectively."
First year trainee, Taunton - Somerset
"Trainees are afforded high levels of responsibility and client contact from the start. I am currently running files, with supervision, and am the first point of contact for clients."
First year trainee, Exeter

2015

"Trainees are very much treated as a part of the team, and in every department I have worked in there is often a sense of being 'thrown in at the deep end': you are immediately included in client work and expected to work independently, which provides a great learning opportunity. In the second year of the training contract there is more opportunity to run your own files and client meetings, and there has been a lot of client contact throughout my final two seat rotations."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"Client interaction depends on the seat you are in. Although I am in projects at the moment (where one would expect lower client contact) I have attended a few client meetings, and have email and telephone correspondence with clients on a regular basis."
First year trainee, Exeter
"The training contract has been very challenging but in a good way. Twelve months in and I feel like a completely different person from when I first started. This was surprising as I had a couple of years of work experience already. I have been given large amounts of client contact, which has really boosted my confidence."
First year trainee, Exeter
"I regularly attend client meetings including pre-action protocol meetings and deal with clients over the phone and by email. Day-to-day I assist on large contentious matters on a full range of things including drafting instructions to counsel, liaising with experts and drafting letters of claim."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"I have had client contact from day one and when I moved into my third (and final seat) was given more control of matters. Now that I have qualified, I contact clients myself to progress transactions and take instructions and seek confirmation from the supervising partner when required."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"I am a Trainee Solicitor within the Commercial Litigation Department in the Exeter office. The majority of my time is spent supporting other fee earners in the team with the full range of tasks required to be completed by solicitors acting for parties in dispute. I run a small number of my own files and have attended court on behalf of clients. I regularly attend client meetings with fee earners to assist by note taking."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"I have been given a good level of responsibility, from drafting complex commercial property contracts to dealing with initial phone queries from property and contentious probate clients, and then running those matters to completion with the support of a supervising partner."
First year trainee, Exeter

2014

"I have a lot of client interaction and run some of my own matters as well as assisting higher level fee earners."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"As a trainee, I am given a large amount of responsibility but never feel out of my depth: there is always someone more senior who will make time to answer any queries or address any concerns. The level of client interaction is very good."
First year trainee, Exeter
"Client interaction depends on the seat. My first seat I was handling my own files. In my second seat, because of the nature of the work and the clients, I have less direct client interaction. My day-to-day responsibilities include hands-on work of drafting documents and preparing reports. Ashfords expect trainees to get involved outside work hours in marketing initiatives."
First year trainee, Exeter and Plymouth
"Trainees are given plenty of opportunities for client contact. That varies with every department, but there's always an opportunity to be involved."
First year trainee, London
"The work you do varies according to department, but is usually a mixture of assisting on complex matters (including drafting and client contact) and taking lead on smaller matters, some departments have a lot of client contact including conducting meetings on your own, presenting to clients, etc. Other departments clients tend to go through more senior members of the team."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"I get lots of experience with the various work available in my department and assist on all stages of a transaction right through to a completion (currently sitting in Corporate). I have attended a number of client meetings both in Corporate and my previous seat and had direct client contact through emails, calls and solo meetings during my first seat."
First year trainee, Exeter
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