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Satisfaction with Work

8.2 / 10

(based on 35 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Varies department to department: some can be very admin heavy with little client interaction, others you can be running your own files."
Second year trainee, London
"The work is incredibly high quality. Trainees are encouraged to take on as much responsibility as they feel comfortable with."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"I was sent to a client secondment on my first seat, which was a great experience and shows the firm is willing to trust you with an important role very early on."
First year trainee, London
"Depends on the team I'm in. Some seats have a great deal of client interaction – less so in the technical seats, which is to be expected."
First year trainee, London
"I love the varied work, the team go out of their way to involve me in interesting development opportunities. Client interaction is different from department to department, there is a lot in real estate."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"I am currently based in our banking team, and am involved on a daily basis in transactional management of (mostly) real estate finance transactions. I am responsible for managing CP checklists, preparing draft board minutes and director's certificates, conducting reviews of Companies House searches, running completion searches in readiness for closing transactions, and dealing with post-completion matters (registration of security at Companies House and preparation of document bibles). I have daily contact with both clients and solicitors acting for other parties in relation to a wide range of issues, either independently or as part of a team engaging in conference calls."
First year trainee, Cardiff
"I get day-to-day client interaction, be that emails, phone calls or meetings. I get given responsibilities far beyond that of a typical trainee in that I have run completion meetings, conducted conference calls and drafted key transactional documents."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"I love the work. It's varied and provides good opportunities to learn."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"Currently on secondment, previously in pensions. Day-to-day responsibilities have varied widely; any day can encompass attending court, drafting deeds, legal research, taking minutes at trustee meetings, drafting employment contracts, witness statements, assisting with pitches, and all things in between."
First year trainee, London
"I am currently working in real estate where I have quite a lot of client interaction and responsibility. As I've gained more experience, my responsibilities have increased and I am now running my own files. I often liaise with clients, draft important documents, get involved in the billing and financial side of the job. The work is very varied."
First year trainee, Cardiff

2015

"I complete a variety of tasks for many different members of the department across different sector groups. This allows me to gain a great deal of experience and every day is different. On some of the files that I work on I am in regular contact with the client."
First year trainee, Manchester
"In my role I aid six fee earners, draft witness statements, liaise with court, and research Financial Authority Conduct rules."
First year trainee, Nottingham
"I have very frequent/daily client interactions, and manage my own files. I feel that there is a high level of responsibility given to trainees in my team."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"I've had a lot of client interaction, including a mini secondment to a client's offices. My day-to-day responsibilities include chargeable tasks: attending client negotiations/completions and drafting legal documents. Non-chargeable tasks include helping with business development, pitches and legal research."
First year trainee, Manchester
"I am currently working in a litigation seat, where I am drafting pleadings, correspondence or reviewing disclosure."
Second year trainee, London
"Client interaction is dependent on the seat. Overall, I have interacted with clients in every seat, but I have had daily contact in litigation and real estate which was really enjoyable. Day-to-day responsibilities are for all post-completion matters on deals, drafting ancillary documents, reviewing amendments, legal research - everything really! No day is the same."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"Responsibility and client interaction varies from team to team. I have had a lot of client interaction in previous seats, but currently I am left to work independently on transactions with supervision only where necessary, which provides an excellent foundation for learning and progression."
First year trainee, Leeds
"I have found that I have lots of client interaction in my role and the opportunity to manage your own files as soon as you prove that you can handle it."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"I have client interaction on a daily basis. I get involved in internal and external meetings across the globe both as conference calls and face-to-face meetings. I am also very actively involved in business development and client events."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"In corporate and banking much of the work is managing transactions, running civil procedure lists or document lists. I work a great deal with international counsel and specialists for progress transactions."
First year trainee, London

2014

"I have been given the opportunity to interact with clients from day one. I have also been sent on a client secondment which was a fantastic experience. Generally work is varied and challenging with the necessary support."
First year trainee, Nottingham
"My day-to-day responsibilities include helping to draft legal documents, undertaking legal research, sitting in on client tele-conferences and reviewing documents/emails before they are sent out to the client."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"I have been given a large amount of responsibility and began taking over my own files from day one, but I also have supervision and help whenever I need it."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"I am in my current seat and there is relatively little face-to-face client contact due to the international and large scale of the work."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"I've been able to get involved from day one. I've had some client interaction so far but because of the seat - I'm new in my seat - I've not been able to directly contribute to discussions with clients. Day-to-day responsibilities include legal research, business development, administrative support for other fee earners and reviewing key documents (e.g. company articles) to determine whether there would be an issue with a company performing a commercial transaction."
First year trainee, Leeds
"I was given a lot of responsibility from day one but with support from the team. I have also had interaction with all levels of seniority, from paralegal to partner and I am in direct contact with clients over email."
First year trainee, Manchester
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