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2016

"Better communication about opportunities from a higher level."
First year trainee, London
"More opportunities for departments to 'sell' their seats to trainees (a few trainees are unaware of their options/what a particular seat really entails)."
First year trainee, London
"More control over seat choice, although there are benefits to being sent where it suits them as it makes you try different things."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"Update the case management system."
First year trainee, Cardiff
"More integrated mentoring programme."
First year trainee, London
"More consistency between seats regarding client contact, training, supervision, and feedback."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"A more structured secondment support system."
First year trainee, London
"Make sure supervisors want to be supervisors and aren't just doing it to tick a box."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"I think it might be better if there was more of an emphasis on ensuring that trainees get a breadth of experience, including going to court, mediations, attending negotiations and client meetings."
First year trainee, Cardiff
"More time for one-to-one feedback on work carried out for fee earners or an online system where they could rate work done instantly as they receive it."
First year trainee, Leeds

2015

"I think that the firm should publicise the number of spaces filled prior to the application, such as those filled by vacation scheme applicants."
First year trainee, Nottingham
"I feel that there should be a more effective distribution of trainees to departments to ensure that workload is spread more evenly."
First year trainee, London
"The efficiency of the seat allocation process, such as transparency and timings, could be somewhat improved."
Second year trainee, Cardiff
"I believe that there should be more flexibility on seat choices/length. If you want niche seats such as tax, pensions or employment then it is not necessarily easy to get your choices."
Second year trainee, London
"I feel that there could be more training provided in a department when you initially start a seat."
First year trainee, Manchester
"I think that there could be more international secondments available."
First year trainee, Manchester

2014

"It would be nice to allow more trainees the opportunity to 'trial' a department before taking a seat in it. With the variety of seats available it can sometimes be difficult to select just four."
First year trainee, Leeds
"A compulsory international secondment as a seat would be great."
First year trainee, Nottingham
"The salary could be higher."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"A little less printing/scanning/photocopying for trainees would be beneficial as I don't feel that it teaches us how to be a solicitor."
First year trainee, London
"Greater clarity about work/training expectations to trainees and their colleagues in the first week on being in department would be helpful."
First year trainee, Leeds
Our 'Inside Buzz' reviews are the comments and views of recent graduate recruits, giving you a view of what it may be like to work for an organisation. Copyright of all TARGETjobs Inside Buzz material lies solely with GTI Media.
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