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2016

"More visibility as to the secondment procedure."
Second year trainee, London
"More international secondment options in the US."
First year trainee, London
"I would remove the requirement to complete seats in corporate, finance and litigation areas. If a trainee is certain they don't want to qualify into one of those areas, it seems a shame to spend six months working there when they could be improving their skills in the area into which they hope to qualify."
Second year trainee, London
"Trainee bonuses. Pre-training contract travel scholarships."
First year trainee, London
"There could be more flexibility about the seat selection process. At present, half way through your first seat you must select your remaining three seats. After this, it is difficult to change the seats that you have been allocated. It would be better if seat selection was done on a rolling basis throughout your training contract, as is the case at other firms."
Second year trainee, London
"Offer more feedback to trainees."
First year trainee, London
"Go back to how the training contract used to be ie trainees have to do a litigation seat and either a corporate or a finance seat. Nowadays trainees must do all three, and that limits your options quite a bit."
First year trainee, London

2015

"I would have like there to be more support from certain supervisors."
Second year trainee, London/Dubai
"Perhaps it would be nice to have some better informal training or more quality control with relation to supervisors, as there can often be a discrepancy."
First year trainee, London
"It would be good to have more social events within the trainee community. I would also like to have more exposure to other departments/work streams."
First year trainee, London
"There could be more social events for trainees/money for social events from the firm."
First year trainee, London
"More international opportunities would be nice, though I think the firm is working on this."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm should train supervisors in how to treat trainees and have moderation of appraisals."
Second year trainee, London
"I would have preferred to have fewer than the current three compulsory seats. I think that it would allow for more flexibility in the training contract."
First year trainee, London

2014

"The training contract could be improved by making sure trainees have at least one guaranteed first-choice seat."
First year trainee, London
"The firm should allow trainees to take the litigation course rather than doing a whole seat."
First year trainee, London
"I would like there to be more international secondments."
Second year trainee, London
"I think the firm should employ more paralegals to do the administrative work, as trainees do not really benefit from this and it takes a long time."
Second year trainee, London
"I would like the firm to have a more consistent policy regarding the role of trainees."
Second year trainee, London
"I think there should be more certainty as to seat planning and more certainty as to qualification options."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"HR to be more accommodating to seat preferences."
First year trainee, London
"More client contact."
First year trainee, London
"Pension contributions for trainees!"
First year trainee, London
"To have teams be more inclusive of trainees in their departments."
Second year trainee, London
"More predictable hours - frankly an impossible wish."
First year trainee, London
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