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Satisfaction with Work

8.1 / 10

(based on 18 ratings in 2017)

2017

"I have had the opportunity to handle my own matters and assist on larger ones. I generally have good-quality work."
First year trainee, Manchester
"I am generally assigned very high-quality work with a lot of drafting and interesting research tasks."
Second year trainee, London
"This changes from seat to seat. You are given greater responsibility on matters in smaller teams and vice versa."
First year trainee, London
"I have generally received different and diverse work. The day-to-day work in my initial seat was often bundling or locating certain documents whereas the day-to-day work in my current seat has been very diverse."
First year trainee, London
"My experience so far has been that the quality of work is a mixture of what you ask for and luck. Whenever I have asked for more responsibility (tasks such as drafting full client advice) I have been encouraged to take them on. I am currently doing the type of work that I'd consider new qualifier level and above, including: running my own meetings and negotiating on behalf of the client etc. That said, trainee tasks such as bundling are inevitable and how many of these types of tasks you get will often be a matter of luck."
First year trainee, London
"I've been given a lot of responsibility in my seats. I'm currently drafting a letter of response from scratch on a fairly substantial claim."
First year trainee, London
"I'm very satisfied with the work I've been assigned in all my seats. Once you've spent some time proving yourself, people are keen to give you exciting and challenging work. I've consistently been treated more like a junior associate than a stereotypical trainee. There is the odd bit of bundling and photocopying but people often apologise for asking you to do it!"
Second year trainee, London
"The work and responsibility that comes with it vary from department to department. I have been in seats where I have been on calls with clients on my own but have also had to do some administrative tasks. Overall, I have been given good work and most departments make you feel part of the team and encourage input from trainees."
Second year trainee, London
"My days vary hugely, I recently spent an entire day/night bundling and the next day drafting a full blown witness statement from scratch. Supervisors and others more senior than the trainees (which is everyone) are very aware of the more boring tasks trainees are required to do so there is a conscious effort by most to get us stuck into the meatier stuff."
First year trainee, London
"Trainees are involved in some really interesting work and get a high level of exposure. I have been involved with big transactions, closings and preparation for court cases."
First year trainee, London

2015

"I found that I had lots of client interaction and responsibility in my day-to-day work."
First year trainee, London
"Client interaction does depend on both the seat and the supervisor, but I during my time at work staff have been happy to send me on client secondment and work with client for six months."
First year trainee, London
"I found there to be a good mix of client contact, dependent on the size of the matter, and the department I was in at the time."
Second year trainee, London
"I found that there was fairly limited client interaction in most departments in which I had a seat."
Second year trainee, London
"Throughout my time at Clyde & Co, there has been an excellent range of work, especially in my second year, with very little admin and good drafting opportunities in all seats."
Second year trainee, London
"I have had very good client interaction with both seats so far, and have been encouraged by supervisors to be at the forefront of the deal/cases."
First year trainee, London
"My role currently varies between filing and drafting reports, reporting on the current status of claims and administering cases. I have had client interaction during the forums and presentations hosted by the firm."
First year trainee, London
"While day-to-day my responsibilities do vary, I have often attended meetings with clients and have email contact with clients. This is in addition to updating matter files, to attempting the first draft of advice to send to a client."
First year trainee, London

2014

"I have run a number of matters myself as well as being involved with larger claims where I assist partners/associates. I have had a significant amount of client interaction by telephone and email."
First year trainee, London
"I have been involved in many matters, all very intellectually stimulating. On various occasions I have been brought along to client meetings."
First year trainee, London
"Responsibility varies between departments, smaller litigation cases can primarily be run by trainees but this is not necessarily the same with large cases or transactions. There is very much a sense that if you prove your capabilities, supervisors are prepared to give you more and more responsibility. Client interaction has been encouraged both in the formal, work setting and informal, social setting. Also natural that more senior colleagues will have more face-to-face client contact."
First year trainee, London
"I feel I have an important role in the team I work with. I meet clients face-to-face about once every two months, however I speak to clients on the telephone daily and am in constant email communication with clients."
First year trainee, London
"Considering I am at trainee level and the fact that I am working on high value cases, I am very happy with the amount of client interaction and exposure I experience and with the responsibility I have."
First year trainee, Manchester
"In my first seat I had a lot of client contact and attended meetings/conferences. Work involved lower value cases and therefore I was involved in instructing counsel and experts, calling clients and attending hearings. My second seat has less client interaction, but I will be involved in very complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes. My work will include proof reading, research and bundling."
First year trainee, London
"Varies across departments but currently very satisfied and have direct client contact. Responsibilities include keeping up to date on topics of interest and drafting updates for the team, also do a lot of research."
First year trainee, London
"I think the work you do differs from one department to another, I have felt on the whole to have been given a good level of responsibility and have also felt intellectually challenged - however as mentioned, this is largely dependent on the team. For me, client interaction could be improved."
First year trainee, London

2013

"Great responsibility, good client contact and good quality of work. Varied litigation matters."
1 yr PQE, London
"It varies very much department to department but I have enjoyed a good amount of client contact, and have attended client meetings and been responsible for liaising with clients directly. There is an inevitable amount of 'grunt' work but that is to be expected. The workload varies too: I was consistently busy in my first seat (Employment), whereas my second (Corporate) is much more up and down."
First year trainee, London
"Mostly satisfied - decent level of responsibility, in frequent direct contact with clients, work is broadly interesting. However you do get the occasional dull task."
First year trainee, London
"The quality of work will depend largely on the department you're in (naturally, busier departments will rely more heavily on trainees than others) but will also depend on the trainee's ability. Generally, if you are able to do something, you will be expected to do it. As such, I have had a lot of client conduct, been to court by myself, drafting witness statements, defences, instructions to counsel, reports to insurers and regularly email certain clients."
First year trainee, London
"Since starting my training contract, I have: managed a deal data room, met with the other side on a deal; some drafting of letters, instructions to counsel and other ancillary documentation; been to Tribunal, etc. Life on the job is busy and varied, occasionally pretty pressured but usually very interesting."
First year trainee, London
"I have been incredibly lucky to date, and have been given a lot of responsibility - my own matters to run, constant client and third party interaction. That being said, there is a lot of admin at a trainee level (as would be expected) and friends in my intake have been assigned document review for almost the duration of their seats."
First year trainee, London
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