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Pluses

2016

"Interesting work and a diverse group of trainees, associates and partners."
First year trainee, London
"The level of responsibility we are given. The transactions are usually complex and interesting and require creative solutions. The friendly attitudes and team-based approach that my colleagues have."
Second year trainee, London
"The quality of training, involvement in high-level work and the people."
Second year trainee, London
"The incredibly friendly working environment and the fact that Cleary is non-hierarchical."
First year trainee, London
"A truly international office that afforded me the opportunity to spend six months of the training contract working in Argentina."
Second year trainee, Buenos Aires

2015

"The challenging work allows me to be right at the heart of the case and feel like a valued part of the team."
First year trainee, London
"I do interesting work with incredible clients."
First year trainee, London
"I have a lot of responsibility, with good client contact and exciting work."
First year trainee, London
"My colleagues are great and I undertake work that is good quality."
Second year trainee, London
"There is no strict hierarchy at the firm, and I work in a relaxed environment."
Second year trainee, London
"Everyone is incredibly friendly and welcoming, even though they are busy. Workloads are fairly shared and the level of teamwork is really important in helping you through challenging occasions."
First year trainee, London
"I do the best work, while working comparable hours to and receiving more pay than the Magic Circle."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"The firm boasts absolutely top notch colleagues and quality of work."
Second year trainee, London
"The freedom and independence to explore various practice areas are great pluses here."
Second year trainee, Hong Kong
"We are given lots of responsibility early on, but there's fantastic support from both HR and supervisors to ensure you can cope with the pressure."
First year trainee, London
"The pluses of working at the firm for me are the diverse work and the high level of responsibility we are given."
Second year trainee, London
"I love the interesting work, fantastic training, great support network, and the responsibility given to us here at the firm."
First year trainee, London
"There is a lot of responsibility early on but you are still given plenty of support and a wider support network throughout the firm."
First year trainee, London
"Trainees are given a varied workload, responsibility, and are treated like adults. There is also a very flat structure, and little competition between trainees and associates, which makes for a great working environment."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm has good culture and people and some very interesting work."
Second year trainee, London
"The atmosphere and the amount of responsibility we are given are the best things about the firm for me."
First year trainee, London

2013

"Cleary offers trainees the chance to really get involved in high quality work. It is a very supportive environment for trainees, no doubt aided by Cleary's small intakes. The lack of billable hours targets (coupled with the lock-step policy) makes for a truly non-competitive atmosphere. Unlike many law firms who use terms such as 'friendly' and 'collegial' as buzz words, these actually describe Cleary's office culture."
First year trainee, London
"Great people; interesting clients; interesting work; never a dull moment."
Second year trainee, London
"Excellent work, highly intelligent colleagues, flexible working conditions."
First year trainee, London
"Trainees are frequently given high levels of responsibility and as a result become integral parts of the Cleary team working on a matter. It's very heartening to know that your contribution to a team is necessary for its success. The team-working/collegiate ethos of the firm that permeates its activities makes it a very pleasant working environment."
Second year trainee, London
"Colleagues are generally bright and interesting, and the firm mantra of "collegiality" generally seems to ring true - people are helpful."
First year trainee, London
"Fantastic exposure to interesting work, you really get stuck in from day one. I was lucky enough to be staffed on a very big deal a few weeks in. The other trainees in my intake are all great to get on with, and the firm's set up of training together on the LPC is great because we were all friends before we arrived."
First year trainee, London
Our 'Inside Buzz' reviews are the comments and views of recent graduate recruits, giving you a view of what it may be like to work for an organisation. Copyright of all TARGETjobs Inside Buzz material lies solely with GTI Media.
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