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Satisfaction with Work

8.0 / 10

(based on 24 ratings in 2016)

2016

"My previous seat was more rewarding. My current seat is a litigation seat so there is a lot of admin work involved, which can be tedious. Client interaction to date has been good. In my first seat I was in constant contact with clients."
First year trainee, London
"I have been at an important all-day client meeting (which I helped to set up) and I have responded directly to many email and telephone queries."
First year trainee, London
"My day-to-day responsibilities include assisting with research, drafting, and transaction or correspondence management. I have client contact, but not on the majority of days."
Second year trainee, London
"As a real estate trainee, I have been given my own matters to manage from day one. I am responsible for observing the deadlines of my tasks and liaising with the supervising fee earners on completing these tasks. I have been involved in and conducted several completions; have drafted various documents, applications and replies to requisitions to the Land Registry; and have been in constant contact with solicitors on the other side and our clients."
First year trainee, London
"In my current seat I have helped run completions, had direct contact with lawyers on the other side and am regularly on calls with clients. I do relatively little administrative work compared to more 'legal' work. However, in some seats client contact is much more limited and the quality of work is much lower and more akin to paralegal work."
First year trainee, London
"Daily client interaction – meetings, calls, email. Good level of responsibility is available depending on department and trainee. I have closed deals alone as well as drafted sale and purchase agreements."
First year trainee, London
"As with all firms, your role and responsibility as a trainee varies greatly between teams. Generally speaking, in transaction departments and on international secondment I had a high level of client contact and a good level of day-to-day responsibility. In dispute resolution I had a lower level of client contact and responsibility due to the nature of the work. I have been involved in a great variety of exceptionally high-quality work in all of the teams that I have sat in."
Second year trainee, London
"I feel I am given as much client interaction as I show that I am able to handle. Naturally there are some trainee tasks that aren't the most enthralling, but anyone who thinks they're somehow above that sort of work shouldn't be here."
First year trainee, London

2015

"I have a relatively good level of client interaction. My day-to-day responsibilities vary massively depending on the deal I am working on, however people try to give you the best quality of work that they can."
First year trainee, London
"The work you are assigned varies from seat to seat, but there is quite a high level of client interaction at trainee level."
First year trainee, London
"I have been doing a lot of substantive work, both research and client facing work (in relation to some litigation) from my first week here. I have found I that the work has been very balanced, and that I am not overly inundated with 'administrative' tasks."
First year trainee, London
"I have been given lots of responsibility in some seats e.g. real estate. In these areas you will be handling your own matters from day one, having constant contact with clients, colleagues and the other side."
First year trainee, London
"I have lots of client contact and run my own matters in the Property Department as do all trainees who get the opportunity to sit here."
Second year trainee, London
"I am a trainee in Employee Share Incentives and have had little client interaction so far although I had lots in previous seat (real estate). My day-to-day responsibilities include coordinating overseas advice on share plans for international companies, researching and drafting advice, due diligence and corporate support work."
First year trainee, London
"My current seat doesn't give a lot of client interaction, but I know that other departments my fellow trainees are sitting in do - you gain different things from each seat."
First year trainee, London
"My role as a trainee does mean I end up with a certain amount of administrative work but I have also attended client meetings and had the opportunity to do some very interesting work."
First year trainee, London
"In my current seat, the work is complex and very client-relevant. That said, it varies from department to department as my previous seat had far less exciting work."
First year trainee, London

2014

"In most seats I have had significant responsibilities and by my third and fourth seats I was liaising with clients daily (by phone, email and in physical meetings)."
Second year trainee, London
"Treated as a member of the team. If I am given discrete tasks then the bigger picture is explained. I have had a lot of client interaction throughout all my three seats. I have had one-on-one, face-to-face meetings with clients."
Second year trainee, Dubai
"Currently I have quite a lot of client interaction, but it is mostly looking after straightforward issues. However, in my previous six months I was on secondment at a client which provided great client exposure."
Second year trainee, London
"I am given a lot of really interesting research, as well as the usual more administrative tasks (bundling, drafting minutes of group meetings, etc.). As I progress through each seat, I am given more responsibility to liaise with clients and manage cases myself."
First year trainee, London
"Client interaction and day-to-day responsibilities vary enormously from department to department."
Second year trainee, London
"I have a fair amount of client interaction, but am also required to act in a support role. I find both types of work rewarding."
Second year trainee, London
"I have had a significant amount of client interaction during the course of my training contract (having been seconded to a client); in my Disputes seat, I have also experienced a higher level of client interaction than I would have expected. My day-to-day responsibilities vary, but all are currently related to one particular large matter."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"I have had a lot of responsibility, especially in pro bono matters where I have felt like I am almost taking the lead. Client interaction is variable - in some matters it is routine to meet, call or email them, other times you never see or hear from them directly."
First year trainee, London
"Some are very good at assigning trainees work but some seem to just use us like PAs. Really mixed, have had lots of client facing interesting work from some people but other people ask you to print their things out and copy type."
First year trainee, London
"You are afforded a lot of responsibility very early on and whilst this can seem daunting at first, often it is highly rewarding."
Second year trainee, London
"As a trainee, I have had little 'real work' experience, having been unfortunate in some respects to have had two litigious seats filled with printing and filing. Trainees are given little drafting experience generally and it has tended to be very boring and mundane, sometimes even secretarial."
Second year trainee, London
"Excellent quality of work - especially on a client secondment."
First year trainee, London
"Quality of work is overall poor. Often a glorified PA, often a lot of data entry. On occasion, there is good work/client contact etc. but it is altogether too seldom."
Second year trainee, London
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