Satisfaction with Work

8.2 / 10

(based on 23 ratings in 2017)

2017

"I have been assigned a range of work that has allowed me to explore different areas of law within the individual practice areas. There is minimal photocopying and lots of exposure to clients, research, and the heart of the firm's work and ethos. I work on multiple matters for different supervisors, which gives me access to different people, clients and work types."
First year trainee, London
"Responsibility is given from an early stage but there is always support if needed."
First year trainee, London
"I'm currently in my fourth seat but, for all intents and purposes, I'm treated like an associate and actively encouraged to take on more challenging work."
Second year trainee, London
"The quality of work varies from department to department. However, if you approach a seat with the right attitude you can do very good work that is often beyond trainee level."
Second year trainee, London
"Generally very high but, as with all jobs, there are mundane tasks that also need to be done."
Second year trainee, London
"Sometimes I have to do mechanical documents (share certificates etc) but I have recently been getting more interesting tasks, such as drafting."
First year trainee, London
"The quality of work is excellent. I get a lot of responsibility and am often trusted to run things myself."
First year trainee, London
"It depends very much on the department, but my tasks can be anything from doing the bulk of research and drafting for a document to more administrative tasks such as 'rolling out' template documents for a number of people."
First year trainee, London

2016

"I come in each day with a clear daily to-do list, which may shift subject to discussions with my supervisor and client emails. I am currently responsible for two small property transactions on my own (subject to supervision, of course), together with ancillary tasks for other associates and research. I attend training sessions at least once per week; at the beginning of my seat we attended three per week."
First year trainee, London
"The work assigned to trainees does vary from department to department. I am presently sitting in employment and have experienced a range of work already: from drafting service agreements to holding the pen on a due diligence report or providing advice to clients having undertaken the requisite research."
Second year trainee, London
"I feel that I generally receive a high quality of work, although obviously many of the classic trainee tasks (such as proofreading, making bibles etc) can be quite dull."
First year trainee, London
"I get a lot of good quality work and, in my current department, responsibility. I can be running matters and dealing with clients daily, but still with great supervision."
First year trainee, London
"Most of the work I have been assigned is challenging and interesting. Other bits are more administrative."
Second year trainee, London
"Very satisfied. The work is high quality and you are encouraged to take on as much responsibility as you can."
First year trainee, London
"I have been trusted with high quality and demanding work, including detailed research and plenty of drafting. I have been heavily involved in a number of corporate deals. I have also been able to attend a number of client meetings and have found that trainees are trusted to communicate directly with clients when appropriate."
First year trainee, London
"I'm given a lot of responsibility in running matters and senior lawyers are happy to share as much responsibility as you are capable of handling."
First year trainee, London
"Very satisfied. I am given varied and demanding work, which pushes me to improve my legal skills."
Second year trainee, London
"On the whole the work I get assigned is good. It's challenging and I am given a high level responsibility where appropriate."
First year trainee, London

2015

"I undertake genuinely good work in my role. There is good client interaction; good support staff and paralegals to do admin/repetitive tasks; and we have largely good supervision and appropriate responsibility."
Second year trainee, London
"I have lots of responsibility and client contact in my role. I am also given the opportunity to run with matters."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a good amount of actual drafting/advising, and a good portion of research-based tasks. Mundane photocopying/bundling type work is kept to a minimum (but could still be lower!). I have a good amount of client contact which grows with each seat."
Second year trainee, London
"It varies from department to department but generally there is a good amount of client contact on a daily basis. Trainees can take on greater responsibility and more challenging tasks if requested."
Second year trainee, London
"As a fourth-seat trainee, I had a lot of client interaction and found myself taking matters forward with a lot of autonomy. That said there is always someone to ask/check your work."
Second year trainee, London
"Client interaction depends entirely on the case or deal you are working on and this also varies between departments. On a day-to-day basis I send e-mails to and/or telephone third parties such as the Court offices, HMRC, counsel/counsel's clerks or insurers to discuss various aspects of the case I am dealing with. I do a lot of evidence sifting which is really interesting, as well as research on points of law. The work is varied depending on the stage a case has reached."
First year trainee, London
"Depends on department but generally I am given a lot of responsibility and client interaction. I have found that I am learning a lot and am expected to pick things up quickly - which is a good thing!"
Second year trainee, London
"I have lots of client interaction, often go to client meetings, drafting documents and emails for partners and other assistants to review. I rarely send emails directly to clients."
First year trainee, London
"You are essentially treated as an NQ from day one, taking on as much responsibility as you can handle. You learn a lot, very quickly, but you need to be prepared to take on a lot."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"I was given a chance to have a first go at some interesting and fairly high-level work. There's of course the usual selection of slightly mundane tasks, but there's a variety so it's by no means dull."
First year trainee, London
"I have not experienced much client interaction, or attendance at many meetings. But I have experienced good research and drafting work."
First year trainee, London
"Work varies between seats but I always had relatively high exposure due to the transactional nature of departments I have worked in."
Second year trainee, London
"I have found that work is generally very good. There's a nice level of responsibility, but I rarely feel out of my depth. There is also plenty of client interaction and feedback from partners and assistants."
Second year trainee, London
"I have been given a high level of responsibility, client interaction, and managed my own case-loads."
Second year trainee, London
"I have quite a lot of responsibility and have met clients frequently, relative to my departments, which generally aren't very client-facing."
First year trainee, London
"I liaise with clients on a daily basis and have a lot of responsibility. Importantly though, I never feel out of my depth. If I am unsure of an email that I have drafted I will speak to an associate or partner and ask them to go through the email with me before it is sent."
Second year trainee, London
"My work has not involved client interaction. My day-to-day responsibilities range from classic trainee tasks such a building bibles, indexing documents, etc. to the more challenging drafting or research based tasks."
First year trainee, London
"My work is great; I have some typical trainee roles, but much more interaction with clients than expected as a trainee. I am left with responsibility for considerable tasks on an ongoing basis, with little supervision."
First year trainee, London
"There is quite a lot of client interaction and I am usually involved on calls, emails and meetings. I never feel hidden away or that I am just there to do menial tasks, which are kept at a minimum. I do a wide range of work with a lot of very key and technical tasks."
Second year trainee, London
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