Why your firm?

2017

"The six-seat rotation, the number of trainees recruited and the sectors the firm works in. It was clear from reading the literature that trainees are not just cogs in the machine and are given a lot of experience early on."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"I attended a seminar hosted by them while at university. It was a fun introduction to financial remedy in family cases and I could immediately see the dynamic between the team members."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"The firm was closely involved with my university and ran numerous events for students. It was also recommended to me by former trainees who had enjoyed their time there. Finally, the firm has an outstanding reputation in the local area."
First year trainee, Norwich
"M&R has a lot of prestige around representing public-sector clients. This affects all areas and adds an interesting element to the transactional work."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"The culture, location, high-quality work and six-seat training contract."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"The firm was recommended by a family friend as he felt that it was one of the friendliest firms in Birmingham. I was fortunate to get a vacation scheme and then there was no way I wanted to turn it down. I really enjoyed how the firm cared about my experience and helped me to develop into a lawyer rather than assuming I already was one."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"The culture. This aspect is critical in any job and I found it important that I got on with the people I work with."
Second year trainee, Cambridge

2016

"I chose M&R due to its reputation as a good place to work, the six-seat training contract, the friendliness and culture of the firm and the work/life balance."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"Even through the website, my firm strongly attracted me by their individuality and friendliness. Once I had completed a vacation scheme with the firm I knew it was definitely the one for me."
Second year trainee, Norwich
"The quality of the work, the location and the very friendly reputation."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"I did work experience in the Leeds office and absolutely loved the culture of the firm. I loved how they treated each other and their clients. This culture has been even more evident as I've done my training contract."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"Work/life balance, collaborative culture."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"Impressed by the firm's values and how they fitted with my own. The fact that the firm had been ranked in the Sunday Times' 'Top 100 Companies to Work For' for 13 years running!"
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"They had worked with my uni on a pro bono scheme so I was introduced to them that way, and then I learnt more about the firm and thought it sounded great!"
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"Mills & Reeve is the obvious choice in East Anglia and also a credible alternative if you don't want to work in London but want high-quality work."
Second year trainee, Cambridge

2015

"I chose Mills & Reeve for several reasons: the friendliness of the firm; the six offices and six seat training system; the work/life balance; and finally because of its location."
Second year trainee, Norwich
"Mills & Reeve is a consistent, high performer in graduate surveys. I also liked the lure of non-City hours and wanted the chance to work in a beautiful city like Cambridge."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"I chose Mills & Reeve due to the reputation of the firm as a good place to work and the high quality of work."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"The firm seemed to have a really friendly culture, a great range of work, a variety of practice areas, and offered the opportunity to do six seats."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"I had completed work experience at the firm and it stood out to me compared to similar firms. It is growing steadily and the location of the six offices was also important."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"I wanted to work for the largest firm in the region, which would provide me with the highest quality work, the best possible training and the largest salary including excellent long term career prospects. This in mind, there was no other firm for me other than Mills & Reeve."
Second year trainee, Norwich
"I was initially attracted by my firm's numerous specialisms, its excellent reputation and its professed ethos of openness and respect. After having successfully completed the vacation scheme, I was even more convinced that this was definitely the firm for me. A particular aspect of the training contract which attracted me is the less common structure of six four-month seats as opposed to the usual four six-month seats as I felt this would give me a greater range of experience and enable me to make a fully informed decision about which area I wished to qualify into."
First year trainee, Norwich

2014

"Exposure to high-profile clients, particularly those in the public sector. Enjoyment of vacation scheme."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"I undertook several work experience programmes at the firm and really enjoyed it. It is a growing firm with an excellent reputation and the culture is brilliant. I felt that I would fit in well and thought I had the right attributes to work at M&R."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"Spoke to a representative from the firm at a law fair and got a very good impression of the firm."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"Six-seat structure, variety of practice areas, collaborative and friendly firm, good location."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"Reputation for friendliness, wide variety of practice areas, six-seat system, high quality work."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"I had a mentor who worked at the firm and friends at college who had already secured a training contract with the firm. Through knowing them and my experience on the vacation scheme, I knew it was a place that matched my personality."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"I really enjoyed the vacation scheme and genuinely liked the people I was working with. They really pushed me during the vacation scheme and I felt I would get the best possible training there."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"The firm offered the best potential career for me in a city where I was already established. Incredible team ethos which should not be taken for granted."
First year trainee, Norwich
"I wanted to be in a small intake of trainees, to have a more significant amount of responsibility at an early stage, a good work/life balance. The six-seat training contract was the most decisive factor for me as I could try lots of difference areas of law, and be challenged in moving to a different area every four months."
First year trainee, Norwich
"I wanted to work in Cambridge and this made M&R an obvious choice. Attracted by the range of clients and practice areas offered by the firm."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"It is the largest law firm in the region with an excellent reputation. The six-seat system means I will experience a broad range of law and will also get a high level of supervision meaning the quality of training here is very high."
First year trainee, Norwich

2013

"It is the best firm in Cambridge and has a strong presence in other major cities across the UK. I liked the fact that it is ambitious but wants to retain the culture that has helped to put the firm in the position it is in."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"The work/life balance, the fact it is one of the best firms in Norwich, the potential for growth and the retention rates at that time. The fact that you do six four-month seats appealed to me too, as I have no idea what area of law I would like to go into so would like to sample as much as possible! The work placement really helped with my decision too - I would recommend it to everyone. You can actually see what the atmosphere of the firm is like and whether it would be right for you. I loved my time on my placement, and knew that was how I wanted my training to be."
First year trainee, Norwich
"I think Mills & Reeve recognises potential in people and that it works hard to train you so you are the best lawyer you can be."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"The culture and wide range of practice areas, and the opportunity to be given responsibility from day one."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"The locality, its reputation and practice areas."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"The alternative to the City firm, but a firm that has City firm clients."
First year trainee, Cambridge
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