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Satisfaction with Work

8.4 / 10

(based on 8 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Work is generally of a high quality."
Second year trainee, London
"The quality of work is excellent and there's a huge variety of different things to work on. Our departments are quite broad and we are encouraged to seek out work that interests us."
First year trainee, London
"A wide range of work is offered to me as a trainee. On any given day I can be doing legal research, sitting in on client calls, and drafting legal documents. Lawyers are happy to give you as much responsibility as you are willing to take on."
Second year trainee, London
"As the firm doesn't take that many trainees, the quality of work I am given is quite high. I'm given a range of different and broad tasks and you end up working for multiple people in the department. I was emailing solicitors from the other side on my first day and talking to clients in the first week."
First year trainee, London
"I am very new and in my first seat but already the level of responsibility I have is high. I contact clients myself and am working on a variety of tasks across the whole department."
First year trainee, London
"I'm satisfied with the quality of work that I'm given. Typical work assigned to me includes research, board minutes, directors' certificates, agreements and due diligence. I have also been given the opportunity to lead calls with the other side."
Second year trainee, London
"The overall quality of the work we are involved in is high and the matters are very interesting. That being said, due to the nature of some of these matters, it is sometimes difficult to get involved as a trainee."

2015

"I have had a lot of client interaction, although it depends on the seat one is currently in. The role of a trainee is varied: you may have to put in senior's mark ups but you could also be drafting complex documents that appear to be reserved for associates in other firms."
Second year trainee, London
"I have been given some small files to run and generally have a lot of client contact, both on the telephone and via email. My day to day responsibilities include drafting, submitting land registry forms and other applications."
First year trainee, London
"The work that I undertake is interesting and varied. My responsibilities include proofreading, reviewing documents, research tasks, filling document at court, liaising with our overseas offices and outside vendors."
First year trainee, London
"The work varies hugely both between departments and within departments themselves. You could have hours of mindless and menial administrative/manual tasks in the same day as an interesting and challenging drafting exercise. The geography of where you sit can determine the kind of matters you are working on, and, unless you take the initiative, can cut you off from some work. Some departments (such as corporate and real estate) involve daily client interaction at all qualification levels, while litigation will generally prefer that all correspondence goes through someone more senior (unless it is a low value claim). Overall, however, you are put firmly in the deep end and expected to swim."
Second year trainee, London
"In the transactional seats trainees have a lot of client contact and are given a lot of responsibility in drafting and negotiating documents. In litigation there is less client contact but there is still interesting work on offer."
Second year trainee, London
"I have had the opportunity to prepare first drafts of commercial documents, from disclosure letters to loan note instruments. No two days are the same, and I've taken on roles of managing documents throughout transactions and liaising with counsel. I have had a good amount of client interaction, from being able to liaise directly with them on deals I have worked on, as well as face to face meetings."
First year trainee, London
"Client interaction varies a great deal between departments, in corporate, real estate and finance trainees are on the phone constantly with clients and other lawyers. In litigation things are a little less hands on due to the nature of the work. Typical trainee tasks are research, drafting documents and keeping on top of the admin."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"Depending on seats, the amount of client contact is high and responsibility of matters is never lacking from my experience."
Second year trainee, London
"I am a fourth seat trainee, and I have high levels of client contact."
Second year trainee, London
"I am treated as one of the team and often given the same level of work as the associates. On a day-to-day basis I am involved in research and drafting, as well as attending meetings, delivering documents and attending training. So far I have had very little client interaction but this is a result of the location of the clients that I have been working for rather than a choice by the firm; I know that other trainees have had a lot of client interaction."
First year trainee, London
"I am in my first seat in real estate, and I have my own files and have interacted directly with clients from day one."
First year trainee, London
"My day-to-day responsibilities are very varied, and I experience a wide variety of tasks as work is dependent on the work that is going on in the department. I get quite a lot of client interaction and I am also invited to client meetings."
First year trainee, London
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