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2016

"Unpredictable working hours in certain departments."
First year trainee, London
"Trainees often work London hours without the London pay. Furthermore, the hours worked here are longer than at other Birmingham firms but it doesn't seem as though our salary is higher than at the national or regional firms."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"Long hours. Leaving before 6.00 pm is frowned upon by some fee earners."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"Long hours and extremely high expectations."
Second year trainee, Liverpool
"There could be improvements in time management and it would be nice to have more control over work allocation."
Second year trainee, London
"Supervision levels can vary and sometimes you may feel you have been given more responsibility than you’re comfortable with."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Popular seats can be very competitive."
First year trainee, London
"The pay difference between the regions and London."
First year trainee, Manchester
"No beds on site means that when you are working round the clock on a deal it makes it hard to get a bit of shut eye when you are up against it."
Second year trainee, London
"Very occasionally the long and unpredictable hours (though this is to be expected at most commercial law firms)."
Second year trainee, Manchester

2015

"In my experience I have felt a sense of bureaucracy at DLA Piper."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Inevitably there are long hours in corporate and finance departments."
Second year trainee, London
"I found that the quality of the technical training could be improved."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is very large so you don't get to know everyone."
First year trainee, London
"Sometimes there can be a lack of guidance from those supervising, however this is to be expected when people are so busy."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"I feel that the working hours are long, and although the salary feels low when compared to the London office, it is improving."
First year trainee, Leeds
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