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2016

"More secondments to Australia (they are currently very competitive)."
First year trainee, London
"Ensure that there is less repetition in the training sessions (especially professional skills course/solicitors regulation authority training, which repeats the legal practice course)."
First year trainee, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
"A shorter induction week."
First year trainee, London
"More international secondments (while there are more than at many firms, a few more would be lovely)."
First year trainee, London
"To have an associate 'buddy' would be nice. The supervisor is usually a senior associate and there is no one formally allocated to you to answer the 'silly' questions. I largely rely on my trainee cohort and personal assistants to help with the simpler things."
First year trainee, London
"Option for certain seats to be of a shorter length, or to move within an area during your seat (eg from one area of corporate to another) to get a broader picture."
First year trainee, London

2015

"Having greater access to a wider variety of pro bono projects would be beneficial."
First year trainee, London
"Reducing the workload by having a greater number of trainees in each department would make things easier. The overall distribution of work is good but mine is a small, growing team and so sometimes we are overloaded."
First year trainee, London
"I feel that there should be more flexible working for trainees."
Second year trainee, London
"Potentially more flexibility in terms of seat choice - i.e. the option to do 3 month seats, would improve the experience."
First year trainee, London

2014

"I would like there to be greater transparency in seat selection processes, and greater pressure on supervisors to provide regular feedback."
Second year trainee, Hong Kong
"Having six seats rather than four to enable more secondment options to be available."
First year trainee, London
"I believe the firm should switch to a six-seat training contract to give more options upon qualification."
First year trainee, London
"I think trainees should be able to pick one seat out of the four that they will definitely get the chance to sit in."
First year trainee, London

2013

"Better canteen food."
First year trainee, London
"Flexibility - being able to be more in control of my workload."
First year trainee, London
"More control and clarity around seat allocation and qualification."
Second year trainee, London
"Less formality."
First year trainee, London
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