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Minuses

2016

"There's a lack of international secondments."
Second year trainee, London
"Long hours for, perhaps, not the most competitive pay. The lack of qualification leave."
Second year trainee, London
"Lots of partners coming and going. A few people not getting jobs at the end of their training contracts."
First year trainee, London
"The technology."
First year trainee, London
"There's something of a lack of diversity."
Second year trainee, London
"The work can sometimes be repetitive."
First year trainee, London
"The IT could do with being updated."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"Long hours (but this is present at every law firm) and that the photocopiers always break!"
Second year trainee, London
"Sometimes there is not enough systems/business support within the firm."
First year trainee, London
"Some of the processes I come across in my work (scanning, printing, etc.) could definitely be more efficient and take too long."
First year trainee, London
"As with all big firms, some trainee work is tedious. Though I accept not much can be done about that!"
First year trainee, London
"The hours, but these are no worse than any other mid-size firm."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"Sometimes very long hours (no different from a lot of city firms)."
Second year trainee, London
"Poor work/life balance, inability to retain lawyers - turnover very high at all levels except partner, and multiple changes in direction over the previous five years."
Second year trainee, London
"The process of applying for future seats is somewhat opaque and doesn't leave you much time to make personal plans."
First year trainee, Reading
"Hours can be very long and sometimes support isn't very strong which means it takes longer to learn things."
Second year trainee, London
"The structure of the firm means that there are a limited number of seats to choose from, restricting the training contract choices."
First year trainee, London
"At times there is a mismanagement of trainee workload which means that some trainees are very busy whilst others are very quiet."
First year trainee, London
"The competition for seats as every wants the same seats as not that many options."
First year trainee, London
"Pay is lagging behind its City peers."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"Going days without access to meeting room cookies."
First year trainee, London
"The hours and lack of recognition at times."
First year trainee, London
"No bonuses. Limited social side outside of work hours."
Second year trainee, London
"Long hours. Being thrown in at the deep-end with little support."
First year trainee, London
"Pay could be better."
Newly qualified solicitor, London
"Sometimes a lack of organisation in respect to internal workings."
First year trainee, London
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