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Satisfaction with Work

7.8 / 10

(based on 16 ratings in 2017)

2017

"This varies between teams depending on the workload and your supervisor. The quality and variety of work is generally good."
First year trainee, Manchester
"The level of responsibility varies from seat to seat. There are opportunities to manage low-value cases in some litigation seats, whereas it is more about helping the team get across the line and doing whatever is needed in transactional seats. Tasks I have done in my seats range from negotiating settlements over the phone to a round trip of London getting documents legalised."
First year trainee, London
"I'm very happy with the quality of my work. I get to assist partners and senior fee earners on substantial and high-profile cases."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"I am exposed to a wide variety of work for high-profile clients. I am often given the opportunity to run a matter from start to finish and conduct client calls."
First year trainee, Leeds
"It has varied from seat to seat but I'm generally very satisfied. The firm provides the opportunity to take accountability for files that you work on, while providing the opportunity to be involved in some very large and high-profile transactions/litigation."
Second year trainee, Liverpool
"I get good quality and varied work. Trainees are trusted and are given a good level of responsibility. They aren't just there to do administrative tasks and, instead, get involved in high-level work."
First year trainee, Leeds
"The work is generally very good and there are opportunities to get a lot of responsibility if you show willing. The work does vary between departments, however. I have recently had responsibility for my own cases, which has required me to make decisions on the strategy and direction of the case. This is something few trainees get exposure to. Sometimes the work is in a less 'glamorous' area but the quality of tasks cannot be faulted. I liaise with clients, the court and solicitors etc on a regular basis and have drafted a number of lengthy documents as part of litigation. Having had the opportunity to go on a secondment, my responsibility and understanding of legal issues have increased dramatically and I feel genuinely valued as part of the firm."
First year trainee, London
"I'm currently on secondment so I'm dealing with one of our larger clients directly and have been given a lot of hands-on work. I'm still in contact with DWF regularly through their external events and training, so I still feel like part of the firm."
First year trainee, Edinburgh / Glasgow

2016

"Lots of day-to-day responsibility, as much as you can handle. Good client contact and opportunities to help build the business through innovation and technology."
First year trainee, London
"I get a variety of work and have done so from the start of my training contract. I have had some opportunities for client contact but not as many as I would have envisaged at the beginning. This will hopefully increase though, and is department dependent. There isn't much of the admin work involved in day-to-day activities and I genuinely feel that my role is valued in the team and that I am adding value to work done."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Trainees get lots of client contact. Levels of responsibility are adapted to each individual."
Second year trainee, London
"I have had excellent client exposure. I have also had the opportunity to attend conferences with a client and counsel on my own, without my supervisor being present."
First year trainee, London
"I have had a lot of responsibility and regular client contact, sometimes being the main point of contact for a client."
Second year trainee, Liverpool
"Regularly get to go to client and BD meetings. I get client interaction regularly and I have been allowed to look after my own (low value) matters."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"I have had a lot of client interaction during my training contract. And for the most part I have been given very interesting work, which has added real value to the matters that I have worked on. I feel I have been given a good level of responsibility."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"Client interaction and day-to-day responsibilities vary depending on department. But as our seat rotations are every four months, trainees have the opportunity to experience a broader range of teams and trainee roles."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"It depends on the team, but generally trainee supervision is excellent and you will get involved in a lot of matters. This includes face-to-face contact with the clients."
Second year trainee, Manchester

2015

"I find that there is good client interaction, and a lot of responsibility suited to your level and how comfortable you are. Support is always available."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"I have a large amount of client interaction and have day-to-day responsibility for my own files."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"As a trainee you are given a lot of responsibility. You deal directly with clients on a daily basis and interaction is actively encouraged, with you being given your own files where possible. This is great experience although personally I find that it can be a little overwhelming where there is a lack of supervision."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"I have recently completed two seats in real estate and was given a variety of work, from standard trainee-type tasks to helping run transactions all the way to completion. All my tasks have involved significant client interaction and correspondence with the solicitors on the other side."
First year trainee, Glasgow
"I deal directly with clients more often than not. However, I am also involved with some large projects for our major clients and these tend to be fronted up by more senior people."
First year trainee, Leeds
"I have great client interaction, and have felt really encouraged to get involved and network from an early stage."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"I have a great deal of interaction both with corporate clients and solicitors on the other side. My day-to-day responsibilities vary from drafting core corporate and banking documents and negotiating their terms both commercially and legally to client meetings and completions."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"I have had a lot of client interaction depending on the department, attended a lot of client meetings and have rung clients directly on my own."
First year trainee, Manchester
"The role of a trainee is to provide general assistance to the team and to take advantage of opportunities to learn. Day-to-day responsibilities include: taking notes at meetings; drafting legal documents; conducting legal research and drafting client advice."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"Responsibilities vary from team to team, however on the whole client interaction and responsibility are very high."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Having been a trainee in the construction and corporate teams, I have had opportunities to interact with clients from day one including attendance of a board meetings and conference with counsel. My day-to-day responsibilities are varied and included drafting documents, preparing bundles to liaising with potential clients and organising business development meetings."
First year trainee, London
"My day-to-day responsibilities are very varied making for an interesting and challenging training contract. I have had a lot of client interaction and a great deal of responsibility especially in my first seat."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"The work you do varies from day-to-day and department to department. I'm experiencing much more client interaction than most of my Magic Circle colleagues, but I also spend a lot of time on administrative tasks. On more significant projects I can be my supervisor's right-hand man and there's a real sense of working together rather than simply being handed dribs and drabs of work."
First year trainee, Manchester
"My supervisors are always looking for opportunities for me to interact with clients - whether that be through meetings or networking events. I am given a large amount of responsibility but with the appropriate level of supervision."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"I have been involved in high value matters through attending meetings and observing hearings, as well as lower value matters where I have greater responsibility, contact clients directly and draft documents."
First year trainee, London
"My role includes liaising with clients on a daily basis and progressing a number of my own files. I draft court documents, detailed advice to clients, instructions to counsel and generally progress litigated files."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"I have been given significant responsibility including running some of my own matters in both seats I have completed so far. Very little of my time is spent on administrative tasks and the vast majority of my work is extremely interesting."
First year trainee, Manchester

2013

"Excellent client interaction. Entrusted to liaise with all parties. Brilliant supervision and I can bounce my ideas off with anyone in the office as everyone is friendly."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"Varies with each department, but overall lots of opportunities to get involved, deal direct with clients and take on as much responsibility as you can handle. Inevitably admin tasks feature heavily as you learn the ropes and have a low hourly rate."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"I have a lot of responsibility, run my own files, have a lot of client interaction. It can be stressful but in a good way."
First year trainee, Glasgow
"Good variation of work and a high level of involvement in client files. The firm involves you in drafting and advising right from the start. Since starting my training contract only six months ago I have attended a court trial, a tribunal hearing and a mediation."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"Currently on secondment so high level of responsibility and client interaction. Very broad range of quality work."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"Work is generally good, better quality and much more responsibility than what I hear from my peers at other firms of its size. Always going to be an element of photocopying/admin as a trainee, but this is largely kept to a minimum."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"This will vary from team to team but the work is generally of high quality. There is the odd bundling or photocopying task but this is the exception rather than the rule."
First year trainee, London
"I have had the opportunity to travel to London and Glasgow, including attending the Court of Appeal, the High Court and client meetings. I have been very involved in some large cases and asked for my opinion on matters. I have been given responsibility and encouraged to challenge myself."
First year trainee, Leeds
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