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Satisfaction with Work

8.5 / 10

(based on 11 ratings in 2018)

2018

"There will be the usual 'trainee' tasks of bundling, research and clerking. However, you get great opportunities to sit in on important client meetings and to add value to the team with research."
Second year trainee, London
"Your role as a trainee varies greatly depending on what department you are in. The work is generally of good quality and useful to the wider matter at hand, rather than simply being admin based. You are encouraged to take on tasks and 'give them a go' before receiving feedback on how you have done. A typical day in a litigation team may involve drafting emails and letters to the other side or the client, liaising with clerks at chambers, attending meetings with experts and writing detailed attendance notes or carrying out some legal research. There may also be the odd bundle to be made!"
Second year trainee, London
"I was given a lot of responsibility in my real estate seat including direct client contact and intersolicitor correspondence. I have less client contact in my current IP litigation seat but am still given a lot of responsibility in things such as maintaining tables of experts we are speaking to, maintaining the team's action list and taking attendance notes of expert meetings etc."
First year trainee, London
"Trainees get a lot of responsibility early on in their careers and even more so once in the second year of the training contract. The work is not that different to that undertaken by junior associates in some teams. We are encouraged to work with our secretaries to delegate any admin-type tasks early on so that we can take on more substantive work. Some of the things we get an opportunity to do include drafting statements of case, witness statements, sections of expert reports and instructions to counsel, letters before action, communicating with clients independently and managing real estate matters."
Second year trainee, London
"As there isn't a large trainee intake it isn't possible to get lost in the crowd. This means that, with a proactive attitude and a diligent approach to the more mundane and administrative tasks, a trainee can quickly graduate to more substantive work that makes a real difference to the progress of a matter."
Second year trainee, London
"I'm very satisfied with the overall quality of work. I have had the opportunity to present in meetings with counsel and really discuss my thoughts on cases. I was given the opportunity to produce first drafts of contracts and leases in my second seat, which was a wonderful learning experience."
First year trainee, London

2017

"I was given an increased quality of work as I became more and more comfortable with the material during my first seat."
First year trainee, London
"I quickly found that I was given more and more responsibility as soon as I had shown I was capable of earlier tasks. A litigation seat does involve a fair amount of bundling but I was also included in all of the expert meetings, meetings with clients and counsel and also given the chance to do first drafts of actually useful documents. I found that, if a particular case had required a lot of the more mundane tasks for a time, the efforts I had put in were still noticed and commented upon."
First year trainee, London
"Responsibility really varies from department to department. Trainee responsibility is highest in the competition and regulatory departments and there are a lot of opportunities for meetings with experts in the IP litigation team. In other departments, the work is more research-focused, which can be very interesting given some of the topics. Given that we are big on patents and trademarks, there are lots of opportunities for undercover missions to make test purchases of infringing products. There is perhaps a little too much 'opportunity' to practise our bundling skills in IP litigation when this job could really be done by paralegals and secretaries or by outsourcing to external providers. There is ample opportunity to attend court hearings."
Second year trainee, London
"It varies. Day to day I may be required to research a topic, draft a note of advice, draft instructions for counsel, prepare documents for court or assist with the co-ordination of international litigation by liaising between the client and local counsel. No two days are ever the same."
First year trainee, London

2016

"In my current department I have a lot of responsibility for an important piece of litigation. My time is split between day-to-day case management (writing letters, liaising with counsel, research, drafting emails) and long term tasks (helping to prepare evidence, looking at disclosure etc)."
First year trainee, London
"Day-to-day responsibilities can be quite admin-focused but teams are small so interesting research work is also part of the job. Client interaction depends on the department and the matter."
First year trainee, London
"The work I've done has ranged from assisting with case management to drafting, reviewing and negotiation. There's a relatively high level of client contact but it really depends on the seat."
First year trainee, London
"All of the seats are really mixed but I would say, from having discussed with trainees at other firms, we get a lot more involved here at Bristows and receive a lot of responsibility. The team trusts you."
Second year trainee, London
"Client interaction relies heavily on which team/department you are in. In general you are expected to interact with clients, either in person or by phone or email, from day one. Trainee responsibilities usually involve research tasks, drafting documents or correspondence, clerking, attending meetings and drafting attendance notes etc."
First year trainee, London
"So far in this department (IP litigation) I have not had much client interaction."
First year trainee, London
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