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Satisfaction with Work

8.5 / 10

(based on 14 ratings in 2015)

2015

"Client interaction varies from department to department, as does the level of responsibility. I had a lot of client interaction in the Corporate and Real Estate team and a certain amount of responsibility."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"I am dealing with clients on a daily basis, I have lots of responsibility and feel that I am learning more every day."
First year trainee, London
"I have a reasonable amount of client interaction in my role: mostly by email and less so face-to-face. Day-to-day I might be drafting sections of submissions/opinions. This work is often sent to the client after being checked. I also prepare court documents and file these, and write research notes for the rest of the team on legal/factual issues."
Second year trainee, London
"My department isn't too client-facing but, as I've progressed through the seat, direct communication with clients via phone and email has increased. Due to the technical nature of the department, work at the outset of the seat can be quite basic and process-driven. However, as I've developed, I've seen a real effort to increase the variety and difficulty of work that I am given."
First year trainee, Bristol
"I interact with clients on a daily basis and I am trusted to run my own matters."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"I have had client interaction from day one, and have been actively involved in transactions, including attending client meetings one-to-one."
First year trainee, London
"I get given a lot of responsibility in my current role, and am often responsible for certain aspects of a deal, and communicating with clients and overseas offices."
First year trainee, London
"My role is quite varied - there have been ups and downs in terms of the quality of work I have been exposed to, and much depends on the team you are in. While no-one relishes standing by the photocopier for hours, this is far more bearable when you are involved in the matter in a more substantive way, or at the very least have a clue as to what you are copying!"
Second year trainee, London

2014

"As a trainee in the Property department I was quite quickly given individual responsibility for running elements of matters, which necessitates daily client interaction. Also, I get to be involved in some contentious matters which means attending meetings with Counsel and the client."
First year trainee, London
"My workload has been extremely varied and I have had much more client interaction than anticipated. I could be stretched more at times but I value being able to work fairly autonomously most of the time. The balance of work between residential development work and commercial property could be more equal."
First year trainee, Reading
"I have had client contact from the start, particularly during my property seat where I was the main and first point of contact on a number of matters. Colleagues make a concerted effort to invite me to client meetings and make sure client's know I am assisting in deals."
First year trainee, Bristol
"I haven't had much client interaction, but I've done a variety of work. As well as day-to-day admin, I've done some challenging research and often been involved in drafting complex documents and advice."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"I have been heavily involved in transactions and have had a good level of client interaction. Day-to-day responsibilities vary from seat to seat, but may involve drafting advice notes to clients, assisting with ancillary documents on corporate deals or managing the due diligence process, drafting litigation documents and taking documents to court."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"I have had plenty of responsibility and client interaction. I am currently leading negotiations on a complex licence and recently managed and supervised a group of paralegals while working externally."
First year trainee, London
"I am an integral part of the teams I work in and am given full responsibility to contact clients by email and phone on a daily basis. Day-to-day responsibilities include preparing documentation, project managing deals and coordinating other fee earners from around the firm."
Second year trainee, Bristol

2013

"As a general rule, the level of responsibility is very good, but they tend to give each trainee as much as they can handle. If you have demonstrated that you are capable, you will be given more challenging work and increased client contact."
Second year trainee, London
"Depends on the seat. Some seats you get lots of responsibility whereas others you get very little."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"I get a lot of client interaction and good quality work."
First year trainee, London
"Challenging and varied tasks from week one."
First year trainee, Reading
"I have a good level of responsibility and I am often able to interact with clients."
First year trainee, Bristol
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