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Satisfaction with Work

7.9 / 10

(based on 24 ratings in 2016)

2016

"I have had quite a lot of client interaction as I am liaising directly with them in regards to certain matters. Day-to-day responsibility depends on the nature of the work. It could range from drafting a legal opinion, to producing cover letters, to sending out original documents."
First year trainee, London
"I have direct client exposure and regularly liaise with foreign counsel and the other side. I have attended client events. Day-to-day I complete tasks with a high level of responsibility. These include drafting documents, reviewing documents and speaking directly to our clients."
First year trainee, London
"Currently working as a trainee in the construction department. Responsibilities usually include making the relevant amendments to various forms of construction documents on several matters. Also usually required to complete a few minor tasks as well. Frequent interaction with a project manager. Also responsible for contacting consultants and the client when final documents are to be sent."
First year trainee, London
"This varies by seat. But if you say you have not had exposure to clients, people make an effort to get you involved in meetings. Day-to-day responsibilities have involved drafting and negotiating documents, attending witness proofing meetings and meetings with counsel. There is also a lot of transactional assistance/bundling work to be done."
Second year trainee, London
"In my first month, I have worked on discrete tasks for a variety of different deals. I do research for my team, proofreading, and have had the opportunity to draft documents using precedents. I have also worked on an international pro bono case."
First year trainee, London
"I am a first seat trainee in the corporate department and from day one have been communicating regularly with other offices, external counsel and clients. The work is never out of my depth but I like the responsibility I've been given from the start."
First year trainee, London

2015

"Naturally your trainee role varies in each department but I have found a direct correlation between doing those initial small trainee tasks well and being given subsequent responsibilities. Wherever you go your training contract will be what you make of it, however, I found that at Ashurst there are many responsibilities to lead a call or manage small or ancillary transactions made available for trainees."
Second year trainee, London
"You are given as much responsibility as you seek to take on. Client contact varies according to department."
First year trainee, London
"As a first seat trainee I have only been at the firm for a very limited amount of time. However, having spoken with the trainees who are further into their training contract I can see that the trainees at Ashurst generally have very good client interaction, although this does vary depending on the department in which they are sitting. I am currently sitting in corporate where my tasks include drafting documents, completing verification notes and making check-lists."
First year trainee, London
"I have a moderate level of client interaction as only in first seat. At work I am proofreading, marking up and amalgamating documents."
First year trainee, London
"My role and client interaction varies depending on the department. I have had a high level of email interaction with clients."
Second year trainee, London
"I am usually working on ad hoc research and document admin tasks or as main co-ordinator/client contact for big ongoing projects, providing daily/weekly status updates and circulating documents. I am expected to attend calls and respond to client directly for minor queries."
First year trainee, London
"My role involves a lot of client contact, primarily by email, on a daily basis. My responsibilities are to make sure all documents are signed and executed properly and to act as a go between in a transaction."
First year trainee, London
"I have had huge responsibility from day one, interacting with clients and taking ownership over various files and matters."
First year trainee, London
"In my role as a trainee in the Banking Department I am working on loan portfolios. In terms of client interaction I have more interaction with the clients' lawyers, than with the clients. My day-to-day responsibilities include due diligence, verification, completion and post-completion."
First year trainee, London
"In the Real Estate Department we have access to client contact and responsibility with matters. Day-to-day I will email clients, draft documents and interact with HMRC and the Land Registry."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Partners and associates are quick to increase the level of responsibility given to trainees showing competence and the desire to learn."
Second year trainee, London
"I have had a good amount of client contact in both professional and social environments. Day-to-day I help to draft letters, conduct legal research, attend meetings and phone calls, manage paperwork and take part in litigation procedural work such as document review."
First year trainee, London
"I have been given a range of work which has generally been of high quality."
First year trainee, London
"Generally, I have had a very good level of responsibility and client interaction - although this can vary from seat to seat. Of course there are certain tasks which are menial but overall the quality of work is excellent."
First year trainee, London
"Depends on the department but in a transactional team trainees generally gets lots of responsibility and client contact. The hours can be long, but you generally feel appreciated for your hard work."
First year trainee, Londn
"Life in a busy department, work is satisfying - trainees are trusted to liaise with the client where appropriate and are trusted to run parts of the files that they are able (under supervision of course!). Some departments, e.g. international finance, are keen to involve trainees in client events and are always asked along to client drinks/dinners. Of course, when the department is not busy, like any job, it's a little more challenging to go around and look for work. However, this rarely occurs."
Second year trainee, London
"Discussing the quality of work is difficult because it is extremely dependent on both your department and your supervisor, which obviously changes on a six monthly basis. I have had seats with an extremely high standard of work, extensive responsibility, and plentiful client interaction (including my seat in the department I am qualifying into), and a seat with, quite frankly, menial tasks and zero responsibility. I think at Ashurst the former are more common than the latter, but unfortunately the latter do still exist. I am told that this is something the firm is intending to work on."
Second year trainee, London
"Work varies between departments but generally if you show that you are ready for responsibility and more complex work, people are receptive to that."
Second year trainee, London
"This depends on the department - very technical work does not always filter down to trainee level so you are left doing menial tasks. The opposite occurs in departments where the work is less technical in nature - in such cases you will have far more responsibility and more client interaction."
First year trainee, London

2013

"If you show willingness and enthusiasm generally you're eventually given decent work though there are of course the usual mundane tasks that have to be done as well."
Second year trainee, London
"With supervisors it is usually a case of proving yourself on the easier/more mundane tasks and then you will be given more and more. For example, in a recent deal I was able to have input in the main transaction document (an SPA) and then heavy involvement to full control of the other documents (albeit with oversight from my supervisor). Client contact would usually take the form of emails but I have had the opportunity to speak to clients on the phone and attend completion meetings with clients. There is always a large amount of direct contact with other lawyers and other advisors."
First year trainee, London
"Depends on the department and individual you are working for - most people appreciate that you are a trainee and the only way to learn is by doing, so when possible they are happy to let you do the first draft of a document (more responsibility). If you show that you are willing to work hard you are given more responsibility and work. Client interaction depends on team you are in, in some departments the only communication you have with a client is over email."
Second year trainee, London
"Partners actively try to give good work and develop skills - though there is always plenty of standard 'trainee tasks' to be getting on with. Client contact is good by and large."
First year trainee, London
"Dependent on department. I have sometimes had a lot of direct client contact and practically been running my own matters, and I have also had my fair share of photocopying and bundling!"
Second year trainee, Madrid
"Although there are plenty of the stereotypical trainee jobs, (e.g. proofreading and making bibles), there is also the opportunity to have much more responsibility. Especially on smaller deals where you'll have regular contact with the client."
First year trainee, London
"Responsibilities include drafting, attending meetings, research, updating clients on their fees and just generally improving my understanding of Restructuring and Insolvency."
First year trainee, London
"Good quality of work especially in the run up to qualification. Client contact varies depending on the nature of the work in a particular department but I have had good exposure."
Second year trainee, London
"I think that big law firms sometimes exaggerate the level of client contact a trainee will have. It will very much depend on which department you are sitting in and the type of work you are doing, as to whether you have client interaction. Some roles can be quite menial, but there can be a real trainee camaraderie when carrying them out. At other times, you can be entrusted with a really interesting, important document to draft - it all depends on how your supervisor works and what the workload is at that particular time."
First year trainee, London
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