City scape

Minuses

2018

"Having a life outside of work means slightly less pay than other City firms and fewer perks such as free dinners for those occasional nights when you are here late."
Second year trainee, London
"We get limited input into our seat planning. There's no opportunity to put down a formal 'priority seat' for example."
First year trainee, London
"The firm has no regional offices so there's no opportunity to move out of London."
First year trainee, London
"There's a lack of transparency around the qualification process."
Second year trainee, London
"Only having one office means that international secondments are not available for trainees."
Second year trainee, London
"Some more specific feedback would be helpful sometimes."
First year trainee, London

2017

"We don't have any overseas offices."
First year trainee, London
"It can sometimes take a while to receive feedback."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm can be a bit conservative and reactive rather than proactive."
Second year trainee, London
"There are limited chances to work abroad."
First year trainee, London
"Some of the partners are very traditional when it comes to flexible working and dress code. It was only about a year ago when dress down Fridays were introduced and the flexible working policy (we're allowed to work from home one day each fortnight) has only just been introduced after years of discussion. Salary is a little lower than the market rate."
Second year trainee, London
"There are no opportunities for international secondments."
First year trainee, London

2016

"The contrast between some very busy departments and some very quiet ones; the lack of a clear seat rotation process; the fact that we don't have enough reprographics staff or someone responsible for clerking."
First year trainee, London
"The lack of ability to travel. With only one office, there is less scope to be seconded abroad etc."
First year trainee, London
"There could be more social events and more knowledge-sharing between departments."
Second year trainee, London
"Communication can be poor between departments and teams."
First year trainee, London
"There could be more choice in terms of whether or not you complete a particular seat."
First year trainee, London
"The trainees' clerking responsibilities, which extend to after hours, can often take up hours within a day and be very disruptive to fee earning work. There are a few inefficient systems in place, which trainees are unclear whether they can bring point out. The size and structure of the IP litigation department means that each trainee has a very different experience and work is not always allocated in the most effective way."
First year trainee, London
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