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Satisfaction with Work

7.7 / 10

(based on 13 ratings in 2016)

2016

"The level of client interaction can be low at the trainee level but trainees can earn responsibility, particularly on pro bono matters, and are expected to take ownership of key pieces of work."
First year trainee, London
"Good responsibility from an early stage in the seat. There are opportunities for greater responsibility if you are proactive, enthusiastic and good at the work. Obviously, the more menial trainee tasks must be done but generally the quality of tasks and deals is good."
Second year trainee, London / Hong Kong
"Client interaction inevitably varies according to which department you're sitting in. Partners and associates alike will give you as much responsibility as you could want, so you'll rarely be sitting across from another trainee on a deal."
First year trainee, London
"It varies massively by department. In smaller departments (tax, litigation, technology) there is a lot of client interaction and a great deal of trainee responsibility (and the ability to run with projects). In larger departments (mergers and acquisitions, banking) matters are extremely hierarchical."
Second year trainee, London
"Work quality can greatly vary from mundane proofing tasks to detailed research and analysis. Client interaction varies between teams. Corporate and finance teams tend to involve the most client interaction."
Second year trainee, London
"Every day I will be emailing and taking calls from clients directly. I'm privy to every call my supervisor makes with clients."
First year trainee, London

2015

"I have plenty of client contact in my role; though it varies between departments and the nature of the deal on which you work."
First year trainee, London
"I find that client interaction varies greatly from department to department. Day-to-day responsibilities include drafting, filling in forms, taking care of post-completion matters, bibling and there is very little printing/photocopying for me to do."
Second year trainee, London
"I email clients and opposing counsel every day, but I have yet to receive an email from a trainee at another firm: this to me is indicative of the high level of responsibility that trainees are offered at Latham & Watkins. The partners and associates let you complete tasks if you are willing and able, and do not look down on you simply because you are a trainee."
First year trainee, London
"As a trainee I feel that you are given a lot of client contact. Latham & Watkins believe in getting trainees involved as much as they can in all aspects of the deal."
Second year trainee, London
"I have a good level of client interaction and I take the lead on various work streams and pro bono matters. These help to ensure that my work is fascinating and high-calibre."
First year trainee, London
"Trainees are always encouraged to liaise with clients directly from the beginning of the training contract. I have often been given total responsibility for various work streams on a deal."
Second year trainee, London
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