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2016

"The long hours we often have to work aren't reflected in the salary we receive."
First year trainee, London
"There isn't the widest selection of seats and there can be real competition for the more popular ones."
Second year trainee, London
"The computers can be slow and I think the firm should invest more in IT."
Second year trainee, Guildford
"The hours are longer than anticipated given the salary level."
First year trainee, London
"There are not many trainees so the support network can be limited during the first few months."
First year trainee, Guildford
"The salary is low in comparison to some other large City firms."
First year trainee, London
"There's a big pay gap between the trainee salary of the London and regional offices."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"There are lots of new systems and processes to learn."
First year trainee, Basingstoke

2015

"The firm is not international, so there is a distinct lack of international opportunities."
First year trainee, Basingstoke
"I would say that the remuneration on offer is not quite at market rate for the firm's size."
Second year trainee, London
"While they do try to put you in a seat you are happy with it is difficult to get a seat in some of the more sought after departments. However, this does show that the firm is popular."
First year trainee, Guildford
"The pay isn't quite as good as at other similar sized firms, although my pay has increased so I believe this is improving."
Second year trainee, Oxford

2014

"There could be more social events."
Second year trainee, London
"From my experience, there seemed to be a feeling of hierarchy."
Second year trainee, Oxford
"It's probably not the highest paying firm, given where it now sits in the top 100. However, considering the hours and relaxed culture and the number out of London offices, it's a realistic salary."
Second year trainee, Guildford
"For me it is the location, which is slightly out of central Oxford."
Second year trainee, Oxford
"During the recent merger, the training has stopped completely and only just over half of the trainees were kept on. We have recently been told that training will recommence as of November, but that it will be reduced."
Second year trainee, Guildford
"I find the busy and long hours somewhat difficult."
First year trainee, Guildford
"As a result of the merger, some of the firm's processes are still not fully joined up."
First year trainee, Reading

2013

"The level of responsibility can sometimes be intimidating and stressful."
Second year trainee, Basingstoke
"Sports and social activities could be more frequent and imaginative."
Newly qualified solicitor, Basingstoke
"Uncertainty about retention, pay could be better."
Second year trainee, London
"Can be difficult to get to know staff in our other offices."
Second year trainee, Basingstoke
"The fact the offices are open-plan means that it is sometimes difficult to concentrate."
Second year trainee, London
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