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Satisfaction with Work

8.3 / 10

(based on 15 ratings in 2016)

2016

"I have had a great deal of client contact. I have attended client meetings and interviews and regularly liaised with clients on a one-to-one basis."
First year trainee, London
"A large amount of client interaction and a lot of responsibility."
First year trainee, London
"In some seats there is a great deal of client interaction, and trainees have the option to do a client secondment."
Second year trainee, London
"Day-to-day tasks depend on the seat. In advisory/contentious seats you probably get less client interaction, but the actual work you are doing usually requires more thought. In transactional seats the job can be more administrative, but you get lots of client contact and can really get involved in high-profile deals."
First year trainee, London
"What you'll be doing depends on what department you are in, but currently I have client interaction on a daily basis. I was also seconded to a major client."
Second year trainee, London
"I have been surprised at how much client contact I have had. In my first seat I was regularly liaising with clients on matters. In litigation, I do still have some client contact and have attended client meetings and arranged signings."
Second year trainee, London
"On secondment with a client, you spend the full six months with them, getting to know their business etc. While at the firm, it depends on the work you are doing and the opportunities that come up. I went to a client meeting within the first week of changing seats. There are many client networking events that we are encouraged to go to, so there are plenty of opportunities socially."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"I have had a high degree of client interaction, both on calls and in person."
Second year trainee, London
"Within six weeks of starting in my current seat, I am running a matter and only reporting to the partner when necessary and to provide updates."
First year trainee, London
"I am assigned lots of challenging, good quality work and responsibility. Also, I have a great deal of client interaction, which seems to be standard procedure here - as most trainees undertake a client secondment, we have to be comfortable dealing with clients very early on."
Second year trainee, London
"Due to the nature of my department, Real Estate, I have had a lot of responsibility from the start. I have drafted documents, dealt with post completion matters, liaised with clients by email and on the telephone and liaised with solicitors from the other side. I have also met clients in person for signings."
First year trainee, London
"I sit in an advisory group and so my role involves a lot of research and drafting of advice for clients. I interact with counsel in other jurisdictions quite frequently and clients every so often."
First year trainee, London
"I have a good amount of client interaction, but would like to be taken to more client meetings to gain more exposure to issues important to clients and to observe what goes on "behind closed doors"."
First year trainee, London
"My role so far has entailed a variety of research tasks, drafting and reviewing documents, attending meetings and taking attendance notes, assisting with due diligence, and generally helping in any way I can. No day is the same. I have been in communication with various clients and have met with clients by myself to get documents signed."
First year trainee, London
"I am currently on client secondment and it has been an invaluable opportunity for me to take on more responsibility and gain practical experience and confidence in dealing with clients."
First year trainee, London
"The work you are assigned depends on the seat. When I was in real estate I had a huge amount of client interaction, slightly less so in corporate and CDR. Have been given plenty of responsibility but coupled with enough support and guidance to prevent me from feeling out of my depth at any stage."
Second year trainee, London
"At the moment I have a fair amount of client interaction - there was more in my previous seat. I am working on several pro bono cases so I have a lot of responsibility for those."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"I am really enjoying my role. Within my first two and a half months I have had the chance to attend court, take part in two meetings with counsel and the clients, and have client contact. I have also done interesting research and drafted different court documents, helped out in the preparation for trial. I took part in an arbitration seminar held by Fountain Court Chambers and have had very good in-house training so far."
First year trainee, London
"My role is very varied and each day I will be involved in different matters, which is really interesting and challenging. There are the occasional tasks which do not involve much responsibility and are slightly two dimensional, however, that is somewhat inevitable when working at the trainee level. Overall, I have experienced a high degree of client interaction through-out my training contract, especially when I was seconded to a client for six months."
Second year trainee, London
"My role is largely research, document review and drafting led, with little client interaction. Day-to-day responsibilities vary between practice areas, but you're often a valuable cog in the group, assisting those above you in the hierarchy."
Second year trainee, London
"I have had a lot of responsibility in running transactions, from turning documents to speaking with external counsel and the counterparty. I often speak to clients on commercial points and for general updates."
First year trainee, London
"My role has varied substantially between first and second seats. I'm currently on secondment where I have a lot more client interaction and more responsibility. I handle my own workload and am given work directly from people within the client business. During my first seat my responsibility grew enormously throughout my seat and the quality of work I was given also increased. Less client contact in my first seat however."
First year trainee, London
"I communicate directly with both internal and external clients on a daily basis and am awarded a high level of responsibility for both client and more administrative work."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"As a first seat trainee I am given a level of responsibility which exceeds my expectation. I deal with clients directly on a daily basis and I feel a valuable part of the team."
First year trainee, London
"Client interaction is high in litigation departments and on closing deals. Quality of work in general is very good, including challenging research tasks, crucial document proofing and collating and varying difficulties of drafting."
First year trainee, London
"The work you are given varies greatly by department; a bit too much 'grunt' work in the larger departments so you have to take the long view. On the other hand, client secondment and pro bono opportunities are excellent."
Second year trainee, London
"Quality of work much improved in second year. Supervisors open to giving more challenging work but there is still a lot of billing/bibling/admin to do as you would expect. Very good for client contact. Not very many trainees so can get pressured but associates are generally understanding and helpful."
Second year trainee, London
"Varies between department. Going on a client secondment for six months means total client immersion and an opportunity to develop an ongoing client relationship."
Second year trainee, London
"The level of client responsibility you get often depends on the team you're in but it's also a case of saying what work you enjoy and don't enjoy and usually your supervisor will try to work around that. You are encouraged to take initiative and I have found the quality of work I have been given has been really good and I have learnt a lot over the past few years."
Second year trainee, London
"High levels of responsibility are available if you show that you can handle it. The quality of work varies depending on the level of responsibility you want to take on although trainees are always given a range of tasks, from filing to drafting bespoke contracts. Client interaction on a daily basis (often by email) and a great range of compulsory secondments that enable you to understand the client's business."
First year trainee, London
"Good responsibility. Average client interaction. Usually decent quality work (though lack of support staff/under-staffing deals can lead to extra tedious work)."
Second year trainee, London
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