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Satisfaction with Work

7.7 / 10

(based on 50 ratings in 2015)

2015

"I have found that client interaction varies from seat to seat. In the smaller seats you often have a lot more responsibility and client contact."
First year trainee, London
"I was given a high level of responsibility for many matters. For instance, I would be the main point of contact for the client and local counsels from other jurisdictions."
First year trainee, London
"I found that I was plunged into the deep end, but I received ample guidance."
Second year trainee, New York
"In some seats, I have been given plenty of individual responsibility, met with clients, witnesses and experts, including on my own."
Second year trainee, Paris
"In my role as a trainee I have a good level of client interaction via email (not so much in person) and day-to-day responsibilities include drafting emails, legal research and reviewing/amending legal documents."
First year trainee, London
"I have had considerable client interaction throughout the duration of my training contract. My day-to-day responsibilities have been varied: I write lots of legal research notes, due diligence reports, Sales and Purchase Agreement drafting, do advisory work and technical work."
Second year trainee, London
"I have found that the more that you can show and prove your abilities in your role then the more client contact and responsibility you are given."
Second year trainee, London
"The seat rotation system means that I have been exposed to a variety of work: from assisting in the managing of transactions to legal research and drafting. I have had some client contact."
First year trainee, London

2014

"I have had decent client interaction - most supervisors will give you as much responsibility as you are willing to take on."
Second year trainee, London
"As a trainee you have to expect to do some of the less-glamorous work, as it fits your pay grade and your experience. So there is plenty of doc review, bundling, proofreading and comment checking to go around. But, the firm is also very good about giving the trainees access to as much challenging and interesting work as the trainee demonstrates they can handle. This includes drafting first cuts of documents, undertaking big research projects and even assisting at client meetings. Client contact varies tremendously by matter and client. On some matters I've not spoken to or emailed the client directly at all. On others, I've been in direct touch with the client on an almost daily basis."
Second year trainee, London
"Trainees are given a reasonable amount of responsibility - it increases as you progress through your training contract and as you show yourself to be capable."
Second year trainee, London
"I have had regular client interaction and I have worked on a wide range of complicated and interesting tasks."
First year trainee, London
"I have had a lot of client interaction and responsibility, especially later on in my training contract and in specialist departments."
Second year trainee, London
"The work you do completely depends on the department. In some teams I have had lots of client contact and in others virtually none. Day-to-day responsibilities are also very different depending on the team. At present I am in Dispute Resolution and spend my time varying between making stay applications to the court on minor claims and working on expert reports for cases which have been running for several years."
First year trainee, London
"My work ranges from laborious to interesting and complex - as to be expected of a trainee. I have had some client interaction but it is not constant - it depends on how involved you have become on the deals you are working on. My day-to-day responsibilities are always different so there is a good variety."
First year trainee, London
"Good mix of interesting work and the inevitable trainee admin-type tasks. Lots of client contact, including social events."
First year trainee, London
"I seem to get a good amount of responsibility in comparison to peers at other firms. However it does vary from department to department and supervisor to supervisor."
Second year trainee, London
"It depends on your department, but in general trainees have little client contact. Although there is some monotonous work, a real effort is made to ensure trainees have a good mix of work and don't spend too much time on tasks such as document review or bundling. The teams are incredibly welcoming to trainees and always make an effort to make us feel included."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"Different in different departments (but understandably so). For example, in my experience, DR is much lower level of responsibility than finance/corporate, but generally very good trainee work."
First year trainee, London
"In my second month, I attended a signing with a top private equity director all on my own. I have also had the opportunity to draft letters and agreements. Although it has not been too busy, so far I think I have been very lucky."
First year trainee, London
"There is access to excellent work, provided you have the right attitude and the right supervisor."
Second year trainee, London
"I go through stages of doing boring things like photocopying and bundling, but then I have also done some great things like attending witness interviews and drafting submissions to go to the European Commission so I've mainly enjoyed it!"
First year trainee, London
"Quite a lot of responsibility for a first year trainee, varied work, good quality and interesting work and kept involved in the progress of projects."
First year trainee, London
"Really enjoyable, especially when given challenging drafting exercises. Exciting being taken to witness interviews with one's supervisor. There can be some more menial tasks to tackle such as organising bundles or tagging documents."
First year trainee, London
"Can depend from team to team, but I was surprised at the level of client contact I, as a brand new trainee, was given."
First year trainee, London
"You do occasionally feel like a back-office machine, churning out documents. Work is varied and can range from incredibly interesting tasks like drafting opinions and running a CP process... to 'smash your head against a wall' tasks like inputting mark-ups and proofreading."
First year trainee, London
"Generally very good, but, as with any trainee role, you do occasionally have to take the rough with the smooth."
First year trainee, London
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