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"The ability to choose (or have a preference on) your first seat. This is the only seat in which you are assigned without giving a preference. Given that your sixth seat is generally the seat you are going to qualify in, being assigned a first seat in a sector into which you know you don't want to qualify into can feel like a wasted seat."
First year trainee, Leeds
"More flexibility on the alternative methods to qualify than are available now."
First year trainee, Manchester
"A more formal review process, where trainees have to meet a set of prescribed competencies and have to complete a prescribed set of tasks in each seat. This would ensure consistency across the business and also ensure that trainees are given a taste of every aspect a seat can offer."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Ability to do seats in other offices."
Second year trainee, Edinburgh
"To have a strong mentor programme in place."
First year trainee, London
"More notice for seat rotations."
Second year trainee, Leeds


"I feel that there could be a more universal approach to training/supervision."
First year trainee, London
"Personally, I believe that there could be more secondments for the smaller offices."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"A better system for obtaining feedback, taking the onus away from the trainee to collect, would be ideal."
Second year trainee, Liveprool
"More transparency with seat changes would be an improvement."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"I believe that trainees should be given notice of seat rotations."
First year trainee, Leeds
"I would say that there could be more relevant training per rotation."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"Freedom to choose your professional skills course elective modules would improve things."
Second year trainee, London


"I would like there to be more opportunities to visit other offices and other trainees."
Second year trainee, Liverpool
"I think there should be more flexibility for first year trainees and opportunity to move office where requested, (if possible)."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"There should be more training on the seats before you start them. The firm is currently working on this and has introduced a seat induction programme."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"I would like the firm to ensure that all trainees have relevant training experience for any NQ vacancies that become available at the offices in which they train."
First year trainee, London
"Give more dedicated training and make a better trainee budget for us to become more incorporated in the firm."
First year trainee, Birmingham


"I would improve the sandwiches available in the Bistro in the Manchester office!"
Second year trainee, Manchester
"Have a regular and interesting workload without peaks and troughs."
Newly qualified solicitor, Manchester
"Higher salary. I had to take a significant pay cut to be a trainee, and I'm finding it financially extremely difficult."
First year trainee, Glasgow
"More efficient IT systems and support facilities to help fee earners concentrate on fee earning!"
Second year trainee, Manchester
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