Satisfaction with Work

7.8 / 10

(based on 47 ratings in 2016)


"Great-quality work but sometimes you have very limited autonomy."
Second year trainee, Sheffield
"I am assigned a wide variety of tasks that range from bundling to researching complex legal issues. I am happy with the level of responsibility I receive and feel appropriately challenged."
First year trainee, London
"As a trainee in the projects department, my role depends on the stages of the projects we are running and the fee earner giving out the work. I usually undertake research tasks, attend client meetings, amend draft contracts, create documents for various stages of procurement and proofread documents. This is not an exhaustive list."
First year trainee, London
"There's a good range of work and you don't spend too much time at the photocopier. However, with lots of junior people in departments, there isn't always the opportunity to get involved in more complex work or practise drafting skills."
First year trainee, London
"Once you have proven that you can do the simpler tasks to start with, you are gradually given more and more complex work with greater responsibility. I began taking notes during interviews and later on ended up interviewing witnesses myself."
First year trainee, Birminghham
"Very happy with the quality of the work, although it can vary from department to department. A trainee's role is often project management, which I really enjoy. I would like more opportunities to draft documents but sometimes these are too technical for trainees to do."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Generally very good. The majority of the tasks I carry out require me to draw on my developing knowledge and I play an active role in each transaction."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"My exposure to transactions is beyond my initial expectations. I am involved in the day-to-day running of multi-jurisdictional deals and am regularly in contact with clients."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"It has varied from department to department. In finance I got good-quality work. In property litigation some of it can be quite basic."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"I'm very satisfied. My days are varied and challenging but also very rewarding and enjoyable. I assist nine fee earners with all things restructuring. I often attend court when assisting with contentious matters. The variety is very enjoyable."
First year trainee, Manchester


"In my role I am given opportunities to run my own projects, have met with senior representatives of clients including CEOs, and I see an active effort from senior fee earners to involve me in all aspects of their work."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"I am currently on client secondment with a key client of the firm, so I have experienced a huge amount of client interaction and no day is the same. On secondment my day-to-day responsibilities vary from: drafting an intra-group loan agreement, attending a signing meeting at the offices of external lawyers appointed by the client to preparing board papers and attending board meetings."
Second year trainee, London
"I had a lot of client interaction during my first seat but I am currently on an international secondment to one of our international offices and have found that I have had no client interaction during this seat."
First year trainee, Leeds
"I have a fair amount of client contact and get to attend meetings where possible. Day-to-day responsibilities vary hugely between seats, but generally trainees are involved in a lot of different matters at once and will get to send correspondence, do some drafting as well as other tasks such as preparing files for court or researching specific areas of law."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"Trainees are given plenty of work and responsibility. In almost all seats it is possible to take responsibility for your own small files and run with them. You are treated like one of the team and are expected to get stuck in. I have attended a few client meetings and fee earners are generally willing to take trainees along."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"There has been a great level of responsibility and client interaction on a day-to-day basis. I found that the opportunity to go on secondment to a leading bank has been excellent."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"Client interaction does depend on your department, but generally fee earners are willing to give you as much client contact as possible. I've had a number of opportunities to work directly with clients throughout my training contract. Day-to-day responsibilities can be anything: preparing bundles, drafting pre-action documents, reviewing contracts to running banking transactions."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"As trainees in the regional offices of the firm we are part of smaller teams, so we are more integral there, and this means that we get exposed to all levels of work rather than photocopying/bundling."
Second year trainee, Liverpool
"There is some client contact over email and phone but most of the time you are assisting a more senior fee-earner who manages the client relationship. Day-to-day, though, I do feel that as trainees we get to test ourselves while always feeling supported. There are opportunities every now and again to run with a matter relatively independently of anyone else, which is often how you learn best."
First year trainee, Leeds
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