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2016

"The office is split over two buildings but we will be moving offices soon."
First year trainee, London
"As is the nature of a large commercial law firm, the hours can be unpredictable."
First year trainee, London
"At times I can feel under-resourced to complete the amount of work I'm assigned."
First year trainee, London
"The seat move system is not as transparent as it could be."
Second year trainee, London
"IT systems are quite old and break down sometimes; unpredictable working hours."
Second year trainee, london
"The levels of responsibility you are given are sometimes not consistent and can be frustrating at times. This is dependent on the work undertaken in each department (some are more complex than others)."
Second year trainee, London
"During busy periods, the hours have been difficult."
First year trainee, London

2015

"The small trainee intake is both good and bad: great training and exposure to work and responsibilities compared to my peers in other firms comes at a price of a much greater workload."
Second year trainee, London
"The building is outdated, but we are moving offices in the next couple of years."
First year trainee, London
"Pressure from clients can build, and I have found the amount of work difficult at times."
First year trainee, London
"In my experience, the work/life balance can be challenging. In some departments, (and when you are working on important deals), the hours can be long for significant periods of time."
First year trainee, London
"I have a low level of responsibility and want to be given more."
First year trainee, London
"Some of the training sessions can be a little repetitive, in my opinion."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Ashurst is not the most generous firm in relation to salaries/bonuses. Hierarchy means trainees can get sidelined in some departments."
Second year trainee, London
"Students should be aware that the work can be stressful at times and the hours can be long."
First year trainee, London
"The fact that we're split between two buildings!"
Second year trainee, London
"No Christmas party this year! Changing the goal posts in terms of compulsory seats half-way through your training contract."
First year trainee, Londn
"At times long hours but busy periods are usually followed with quieter ones so there is a balance."
First year trainee, London
"Sometimes the hours can be punishing and stress levels can be quite high."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"The appraisal system is a bit clunky, though this is being worked on. The bonus system is non-existent for trainees and terrible for everyone else - this does affect morale, especially when the hours are long."
First year trainee, London
"They only tell us our seat choices two weeks before we move seats."
Second year trainee, Madrid
"It can be tough to get a good work/life balance, but the same could be said of all Magic/Silver Circle firms. It comes with the territory."
Second year trainee, Dubai
"The workload can be unpredictable which does mean it can be hard to make plans after work."
First year trainee, London
"Can be very long hours in some departments without the American law firm pay to match."
Second year trainee, London
"Fear of not being retained, compulsory finance seat, not getting the seats you would like."
Second year trainee, London
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