Satisfaction with Work

9.0 / 10

(based on 12 ratings in 2017)

2017

"Osborne Clarke rewards you for previous good work with even better work. You get increasingly interesting jobs to help with if you prove you're capable. This can include drafting SPAs, witness statements or negotiating a settlement (while supervised of course)."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"The range of work that I am asked to assist with is great as it allows me to develop my skills and consider the sort of lawyer that I want to be when I qualify. There are a few regular 'trainee' tasks in my current seat but, other than that, my role varies day to day from preparing a first draft of an agreement to carrying out legal research. No two days are the same."
First year trainee, London
"I have been given a lot of responsibility and been involved in really exciting work. I am frequently given the chance to work on associate-level tasks."
First year trainee, London
"The work is very interesting. I have been in the corporate and planning departments and the work is very varied. Planning consists of a lot of research into all sorts of weird and wonderful planning issues and the work is a good mix of contentious and non-contentious. The client contact and responsibility have been fantastic and I always feel supported in my work."
First year trainee, Bristol
"I complete a variety of tasks for a number of fee earners including drafting court letters and documents, assisting with client pitches and drafting advice notes."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"I am very satisfied with the quality of work that I am given. I have led on a number of contentious matters and have attended client meetings."
First year trainee, Reading
"Trainees' responsibilities vary across teams but the one consistent is that, if you have shown you can cope with the simple tasks, progressively more complex ones will follow. There is always enough support so you are never truly out of your depth (but you are pushed). Day-to-day roles can involve (along with many other tasks) coordinating due diligence exercises, drafting contracts, drafting litigation documents, researching issues and helping to prepare pitches or training sessions."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"We're given a high level of responsibility while also being supervised. Work is well explained and frequently client-facing. I've negotiated documents with the other side and performed small bits of research depending on my seat. There's lots of drafting and a high churn of documents."
First year trainee, Bristol

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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