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Satisfaction with Work

7.9 / 10

(based on 17 ratings in 2015)

2015

"In my corporate seat I have been given a large amount of responsibility, which involves conducting client calls alone and drafting documents."
First year trainee, London
"Client contact varies from matter to matter and seat to seat, but there's plenty of scope for client contact, especially in transactional seats. Day-to-day responsibilities vary - I might be drafting, researching, writing a note, dealing with client queries or doing due diligence related tasks."
Second year trainee, London
"In my role I have lots of client interaction; lots of challenging and interesting tasks and lots of variety."
First year trainee, London
"This all depends enormously seat to seat, but on average I have had a very good level of client interaction, and my quality of work and level of responsibility has been higher than expected."
Second year trainee, London
"I have high levels of client contact, and varying day-to-day tasks to keep things interesting."
First year trainee, Tokyo
"Client interaction varies between departments but I've generally had a good amount. I have found that in bigger departments there can be a larger gulf between trainee and NQ work, which can make it harder to develop as a trainee. Trainees generally get more responsibility in smaller departments though. The firm is generally supportive of trainees undertaking pro bono work as well as billable, so I get a good balance."
Second year trainee, London
"I have been fortunate to have direct client contact. It is common for me to talk to clients daily, although this is a process of development as you work on projects."
First year trainee, London
"Client interaction is very supervisor dependent, but you can expect to be at the heart of the deal. Although you will be responsible for typically less glamorous trainee tasks (bibling, verification, matter admin and printing) you will also frequently undertake more intellectually stimulating tasks. I have found that I have done lots of research and drafted many ancillary documents."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"My work has involved many 'typical' trainee tasks, but I have been involved in a variety of different matters and as the training contract has gone on I have done more work of junior associate level."
Second year trainee, London
"I have been entrusted with a great deal of client interaction and responsibility, for example drafting key transactional documents and explaining the impact of the amendment of these to clients."
Second year trainee, London
"I have had a chance to draft advice and undertake research but equally there has been a large amount of admin, although this is no different from what I have heard from other firms."
First year trainee, London
"Working for someone senior means I get great work from her - think it's luck of the draw though. Not all first year trainees in my department have had the same experience. She has let me handle one matter all by myself which is very unusual for corporate."
First year trainee, London
"The work you do varies from seat to seat, but generally where not on secondment client contact is relatively limited. It also very much depends on supervisor."
Second year trainee, London
"I have had a good deal of client contact. In real estate, I ran my own management files and assisted larger teams in big transactions."
Second year trainee, London
"Client interaction depends on the departments you are in. In transactional seats, you get a lot of client interaction. In contentious seats you get next to none, but you do get to interact with counsel. Day-to-day responsibilities range from the mundane bundling type of tasks to drafting actual prospectuses and agreements. This largely depends on the size of the team on the matter and the amount of work that needs to be done."
Second year trainee, London
"Good level of client interaction for this stage of the career, attending meetings, liaising directly with clients on certain transactions. I was responsible for the drafting of ancillary documents and parts of larger documents. Preparing first drafts of client memos."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"As a first-seater there are obviously limits to what I can be given, but managing conditions precedent, drafting basic legal advice, and coordinating with local counsel have all been part of my role. Obviously there are some of the more mundane tasks (like making bibles) but that comes with the territory."
First year trainee, London
"I am getting to do a wide variety of work which is increasing my exposure to different aspects of law whilst improving my ability to undertake research and to draft documents well, amongst other key skills. I have had little client interaction to date but this is increasing. My work is well supervised, and I am given opportunities to play a role on significant transactions. The feedback which I have received on my work has been positive and constructive."
First year trainee, London
"I feel like I've been given real and interesting work and I am happy with the level of client exposure."
First year trainee, London
"I have had plenty of client contact, interesting research and technical drafting."
Second year trainee, London
"I am usually responsible for pieces of an overall project. On practical issues, such as a closing, you can be given the reins to run it completely. I get to attend client meetings with associates, usually in the capacity as note-taker, but on certain issues where I have been contributing to the preparation I participate actively. Usually I get good quality work, but you do have to ask for it and keep asking for it."
First year trainee, Abu Dhabi
"Gradually increased responsibility as you progress in your training contract, large amounts of direct client contact (including working in-house for six months). On any given day a trainee might go from putting a file together (not quite so glam) to preparing a really important bit of advice that your supervisor then sends out largely unedited to a client- it's a bit of everything but if you don't like to get your 'hands dirty' on a photocopying job every now and then, then being a trainee might not suit."
Second year trainee, London
"I've been assigned a broad range of work, with differing levels of responsibility depending on the associate who happened to delegate it. I feel like I've also had plenty of client contact. Admittedly more on the administrative side of deals rather than single-handedly sending out legal advice, but you have to start somewhere."
First year trainee, London
"Client interaction is in general okay, better in some departments than others but it's very supervisor dependent."
First year trainee, London
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