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Satisfaction with Work

7.9 / 10

(based on 13 ratings in 2017)

2017

"The work drastically varies by department. In smaller, niche teams you are given a higher level of responsibilities while larger teams tend to give you more admin work."
Second year trainee, London
"I tend to get very good-quality work that is at the associate level. It's challenging and the level of work I have done has become more challenging as I progress through my seat. I have certainly never felt that I am not progressing or being encouraged to reach my full potential. Trainees also have to pick up the smaller, less exciting tasks but this is to be expected and is definitely a minor part of the job."
Second year trainee, London
"The quality of the work depends on the department, the specific client needs and the level of seniority. It is typical for trainees to be given some administrative work (such as bundling, preparing bibles and indexing etc), but this is usually coupled with more substantive legal tasks such as research and drafting. Client contact is also possible, with corporate being the department that usually exposes trainees to clients early on in their seat. I am satisfied with the quality of the work I am assigned overall and think that it is appropriate for my level of development."
Other - NQ, London
"I've had my fair share of typical 'trainee tasks' (document review, proofreading, bundling, diligence and verification). However, I was also given plenty of opportunities to run discrete parts of a matter on my own or to take on pro bono projects in areas of law that I found more interesting. Covington allows its trainees to take on as much responsibility as they can handle and encourages them to take ownership of their work. Overall, I have been very satisfied with the work I was assigned as a trainee, though some departments are more admin heavy than others."
London
"I have been given a lot of freedom to go about my work the way I want to and to try different approaches. It is very much a learning-by-doing approach, which may not suit everyone."
First year trainee, London
"My day-to-day role varies depending on the project that I am working on. At times I can be conducting research and preparing memoranda to present back to my supervisor. At other times I will be bundling or completing more admin-based tasks. There will usually be a mixture of both each day."
First year trainee, London

2016

"Trainees are given a lot of responsibility very early on. Supervisors often assign the first round of drafting complex documents to trainees."
Graduate, London
"From the start of my current seat I have been involved in an IPO financing and a number of acquisition transactions. I have also assisted with the drafting of ancillary documents (minutes, resolutions etc) for a client's annual general meeting. In between these main tasks I have also helped with smaller, self-contained tasks, such as research, Companies House filings etc. My day-to-day work involves data room management, contract review, drafting parts of due diligence reports, and sitting in on client calls/having calls with clients to discuss updates and progress on the deals."
Graduate, London
"I am quite satisfied. I do a mixture of corporate merger and acquisition support, HR advisory and tribunal litigation work."
Entry level, London
"Depending on department the work is very varied. In some departments, trainees receive a lot of early responsibility and are trusted with their own projects. In other departments, it's more of an administrative role."
Entry level, London
"I get to draft transaction documents and interact with clients – though I also get given mundane due diligence exercises that require considerable time commitments."
Entry level, London

2015

"The role varies from administrative tasks to drafting legal documents in high-stakes matters, but my personal experience has tended towards mostly doing the latter and very little of the former (especially over time). I have had excellent exposure and learnt a lot."
First year trainee, London
"I have a wide range of responsibilities and take ownership of projects of in my role."
First year trainee, London
"My client interaction varies from seat to seat. In my current seat I have had daily interaction with clients (largely on my own, with the support I need to prepare for questions), whether on the phone or in person. I undertake drafting, companies house research; deal with queries from clients relating to on-going matters; general research and write memos/emails containing advice."
First year trainee, London
"Responsibilities naturally vary, but on the whole this is a firm that really values self-starters: if you make it clear you would like more responsibility, and show that you can handle it, you'll typically get it. I haven't had a great deal of client interaction, but my experience hasn't necessarily been indicative."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"My day-to-day responsibilities vary, but overall the work has been interesting and engaging. I've had a significant amount of client contact."
First year trainee, London
"I have had little client contact so far, but have had a decent level of responsibility on drafting."
First year trainee, London
"My day-to-day responsibilities vary, but overall the quality of work is high. I am given the opportunity to develop my drafting skills, and I have a significant amount of direct contact with clients."
First year trainee, London
"I have had lots of client interaction, (though this is department dependent). The variety of work and responsibilities is great and involves client development work, drafting advise and formal documents, research and communication. There is also lots of multi-jurisdictional work."
First year trainee, London
"Role is to assist senior associates and partners on large transactions and matters. I have substantive client contact including participation in client calls, client meetings and weekly correspondence with clients in the form of emails and letters. My day-to-day responsibilities vary according to the seat but broadly include: legal research tasks, drafting attendance notes and memos, attending client meetings and taking board minutes, document review and proofreading, drafting internal and external memorandums on various matters, helping partners put together PowerPoint presentations for business development/client development purposes, and drafting E-alerts and blogs on the latest developments in a particular field."
First year trainee, London
"I have plenty of client contact both face-to-face and electronic. My role also includes drafting, researching, and transaction management."
First year trainee, London
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