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8.1 / 10

(based on 24 ratings in 2016)

2016

"It depends on the department and the individual lawyers you are working for. My work can range from the more mundane trainee tasks (hello, photocopier) to the more exciting drafting of documents and involvement in client meetings."
Second year trainee, London
"I get to do a variety of work (some of it's administrative tasks but mostly higher-responsibility work) and have done since day one. I've had client contact by way of emails and letters from the very beginning."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"The quality of work is great. I'd prefer to be busier so that I can plan my day fully and not be waiting for tasks. Some roles include checking contracts for cross referencing and definitions, researching Scottish provisions, managing gaps lists etc."
First year trainee, Glasgow
"I get assigned a variety of work and have been able to see myself improve over the course of my seats. My day-to-day is busy and I have contact with lawyers, associates and partners."
First year trainee, Rio de Janeiro / London
"I'm satisfied. As I am the sole trainee in my team, the fee earners probably rely on me more than in other teams, which means more interesting work and more responsibility. However, I will often be expected to take care of more mundane tasks in addition to the top-level stuff."
First year trainee, London
"This obviously varies from department to department but, generally, I have been given a good amount of challenging work and have always been provided with detailed and helpful feedback. I generally get a nice variation of work covering drafting, research, liaising with clients etc. Also, when I have made it known that I would like to undertake more of a certain type of work, this has been catered for where possible."
First year trainee, London
"Due to the area of my first seat, I feel I have been given a lot of responsibility early on. It's challenging but good and I feel like I am constantly learning."
First year trainee, Glasgow
"I've been given good work both normally and on secondment. Corporate work tends to be less impressive but that is more due to the general nature of corporate and the trainee role relative to the size and importance of the transactions."
Second year trainee, London
"It varies from seat to seat but, in general, fee earners are keen to give you a greater level of work when you show enough competency. It's rare to be stuck doing very menial work for a long time (although this does sometimes occur in corporate)."
First year trainee, London
"Having only been in the corporate/financial services team for a month (first seat) I've been involved with preparing ancillary documents for big deals and supporting all levels of staff with their day-to-day work."
First year trainee, Edinburgh

2015

"It is reasonably good, I get involved on a lot of different matters. The work is pretty international, I get given a fair bit of drafting and interesting things to do. I have a fair amount of client contact by email, it is more limited in person but it does happen, and I have had the chance to talk and make points at meetings in person."
First year trainee, Rio de Janeiro
"Client interaction does depend on the department. Some departments lend themselves to client communication more than others, and although my work can sometimes be quite admin heavy, at other times it can be exciting."
Second year trainee, London
"I have a good range and variety of work in my day-to-day role, and I have lots of exposure to clients by phone/email - less face-to-face."
First year trainee, Bristol
"By going on a client secondment in my second seat, client interaction has been really improved. There is a good mixture of technical legal work and admin work delegated daily."
First year trainee, London
"I have had a good amount of client interaction and increasing responsibilities in my role."
First year trainee, Bucharest
"In my role I have had client interaction from the first week, including calls, meetings, drafting responses and advice emails (checked by supervisors) and sending them directly to clients and other solicitors."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"In my current seat I am very happy with my work, although I am aware that client interaction/trainee responsibility levels vary between departments. I have frequent client contact by email, telephone and in person. I have been given a good amount of responsibility and have been able to discuss with my mentor and team opportunities for further involvement/responsibility in matters."
First year trainee, Edinburgh

2014

"I have a good amount of client interaction - more than some people I know at Magic Circle firms. A good variety of work, dealing with many different clients."
Second year trainee, London
"Client interaction is highly dependent on the nature of the seat. e.g. Real Estate involves daily client interaction whereas you may have none in IP/IT which involves high value projects rather than smaller discrete pieces of work."
Second year trainee, Glasgow
"Client interaction varies from department to department, as well as between each transaction. There is strong encouragement to meet clients, such as at networking events and seminars. However, as with all large law firms, trainees can sometimes miss out on direct client contact in place of more senior fee earners. There are still often responsibilities to liaise directly with clients via email and letter."
First year trainee, London
"In my role I assist the fee earners in the completion of various tasks such as drafting documents and attending meetings, etc. Client interaction varies with the seat; in the pensions team I had a lot of contact with clients. My day-to-day responsibilities are mainly just helping in any way that I can."
Second year trainee, London
"I am currently in a seat where I am given lots of responsibility and client interaction. I manage my own matters with supervision."
First year trainee, Glasgow
"I have a lot more responsibility than trainees I know at other firms - I run my own files and deal with clients directly, with overall supervision. Obviously there are also a certain amount of mundane tasks like making bibles and bundles, but I think that's inescapable as a trainee."
Second year trainee, london
"My first seat has been spent in corporate and I have been extremely fortunate with the amount of client interaction against my peers. My day-to-day responsibilities are dictated by my supervisor, or lead associate on the deal I am working on."
First year trainee, London
"The level of responsibility varies a lot from department to department. In my first seat I had client contact when attending meetings with my supervisor but this was to take notes rather than actively take part. However in my current seat I have regular client contact as well as lots of drafting and negotiation."
First year trainee, London
"I frequently speak to clients directly on the phone and have had the opportunity to build a rapport with some. I have also attended several client meetings during my training contract."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"There are a lot of opportunities for client contact and particularly in Scotland, trainees are encouraged to develop responsibility for matters and run with them, under appropriate supervision."
Second year trainee, Glasgow

2013

"I have had loads of client contact in my first seat and been trusted to liaise with clients on points relatively unsupervised. Generally I have been involved in a wide range of work, really interesting deals and have been kept up-to-date with developments in the deal (which you quickly come to realise is crucial). Getting to go to meeting with a client in Central America was definitely a highlight!"
First year trainee, London
"I have worked in real estate for my first seat, where I ran many of my own files from opening to completion and billing."
First year trainee, Bucharest
"Responsibilities: initial drafting of documents, proofreading, drafting ancillaries, research, sector group involvement."
First year trainee, London
"It really varies between departments. My first seat gave me lots of responsibility and a high level of client contact. My third seat is in a larger department and I'm working on bigger deals but the work that you actually do as a trainee can be very low level which is frustrating as a third seater."
Second year trainee, London
"The work is of city-level quality, and in both of my seats to date I have had a lot of client contact. I have been given a lot of responsibility but am always supported by those above me."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The work in corporate would score very highly: yes, there are the odd secretarial type jobs (filing, form filling), but the work was mostly fulfilling and challenging. The work on secondment is more independent and is therefore demanding, but the pace of life is much slower."
First year trainee, london
"Depends on seat/supervisor and there are always the standard trainee tasks of proofreading but I have had plenty of client contact and even in my first seat had responsibility for an appointment of administrators."
First year trainee, London
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