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Satisfaction with Work

7.5 / 10

(based on 12 ratings in 2016)

2016

"I have worked for some big names and on some large deals with a good level of responsibility."
Second year trainee, London
"I've been given a lot of interesting work and responsibility (but not too much). On occasion, some work may be better done by paralegals for cost-efficiency."
Second year trainee, London
"In my current department (real estate) we have a high level of responsibility and I have a lot of contact with clients, solicitors on the other side of transactions and managing agents."
First year trainee, London
"I'm always given a good mixture of work and early responsibility on new matters."
Second year trainee, London
"I am given a lot of responsibility. In corporate, it's varied from managing the due diligence process to drafting ancillary documents. In litigation, it's varied from bundling to researching complex areas of law."
First year trainee, London
"It's good generally but can sometimes be repetitive."
First year trainee, London
"I'm currently on secondment so have much more regular hours and an incredibly varied workload. It's a commercial seat so there's a lot of reviewing/drafting/negotiating many different forms of contracts."
First year trainee, London
"Good-quality work in transactional departments. Work in litigation is dull but this is just the nature of being a litigation trainee. I worked on some amazing matters in my transactional seats and had a huge amount of responsibility."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"The work you are assigned varies from seat to seat. Currently I have less client contact than I used to, but I also work on far fewer matters."
First year trainee, London
"As in all firms, this entirely changes between departments. In Corporate you are given a lot of client contact but not great responsibility, in Litigation, this is the opposite. All trainees have days of filing or standing by a photocopier but we are also given plentiful opportunities to draft and be fully involved, and your seat will depend on what you make of those opportunities."
Second year trainee, London
"This depends on what seat you're in - Litigation doesn't provide many opportunities for client contact whereas MCT, Corporate and Real Estate do."
Second year trainee, London
"I am responsible for managing conditions precedent and subsequents for a number of finance deals, regularly emailing clients and other lawyers with progress reports/requests."
First year trainee, London
"Client contact varies between seats and partners, some responsibilities can feel more like PA/paralegal work."
First year trainee, London
"Good client exposure in MCT (contributing in client calls, etc). Drafting commercial agreements and copywriting for blogs and websites is also common. I get to work with sector-leading clients."
First year trainee, London
"I do not have any client interaction, I do do a lot of document management, some drafting, a fair bit of research. Trainees also get roped into the non-chargeable such as blogging,"
First year trainee, London
"My current role has less client interaction than my previous role. In my first seat I had loads of client interaction and loads of responsibility. And though I have slightly less now, I still have more than you would expect."
First year trainee, London
"The work you are assigned depends on the department - some partners are keen to get you involved with clients from day one whilst at other times I can be managing documents for days."
First year trainee, London
"I have a typical range of trainee tasks; going from running files and having a lot of responsibility and client contact to bundling. Very varied, but generally good quality work."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"Trainees are given as much responsibility as they can take on. It is up to the individuals, if they feel comfortable, to run certain things."
Second year trainee, London
"Client interaction varies with each department and depending on the partner you work for. Secondment opportunities are encouraged and are a great way to learn about clients' businesses. Sometimes work can be more tedious and mundane, but there are great opportunities for detailed and interesting research, advising clients and being part of major deals and litigation even at trainee level."
Second year trainee, London
"You build up your client interaction and responsibilities based upon your comfort level. I love client interaction and so am able to have a lot."
First year trainee, London
"Generally, I have high levels of client interaction (partly as a result of doing a real esate seat, where I am responsible for running my own files). The work includes drafting documentation and managing transactions by phone and email."
First year trainee, Reading
"The work you are assigned varies wildly from one department to the next. In some departments trainees get to run smaller matters themselves (with supervision of course) and have extensive client contact, in others the work is very much partner or associate led and the trainee tasks are less exciting."
First year trainee, London
"Your role very much depends on your seat. In some departments you will have a lot of client interaction and have the opportunity to manage your own files. Other departments you will work closely within a team to work towards a larger deadline. It depends on that particular seat, but the variety means that you will always have exposure to excellent work and a good level of responsibility and client interaction."
First year trainee, London
"Client interaction depends on department but if the opportunity is there trainees are encouraged to have client contact and speak on calls, etc."
First year trainee, London
"Throughout the training contract, you are given a real chance to develop and grow. You can be given responsibility very early on and you are encouraged to run with things. From the second week of my training contract, I have been in regular contact with clients to the extent that, on some matters, I am the day-to-day point of contact for our client."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"Some typical trainee jobs but also been involved in high-value headline-grabbing deals. Lots of client interaction is a big plus."
First year trainee, London
"Great work in some departments, good client interaction and a good level of trust. Some departments enable you to manage your own workload better than others."
First year trainee, London
"I would like more client contact but generally I am pleased with my workload (not too heavy) and the quality/level of my work - it is challenging but I feel supported."
Property, 1 yr PQE, London
"The quality of work varies hugely between departments. When given responsibility, there is much more opportunity to shine. Client interaction is daily in some departments, and in others it is extremely rare."
First year trainee, London
"Once people trust you, you may be given responsibilities for main transaction documents (e.g. articles of association, shareholders' agreements) and will have a very significant amount of client contact. A good trainee may be the person who runs the disclosure process with the client, for example."
First year trainee, London
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