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Satisfaction with Work

8.1 / 10

(based on 17 ratings in 2016)

2016

"I've had lots of client contact while being supervised by a partner or senior associate. I've had plenty of opportunity to develop research and drafting skills."
First year trainee, Oxford
"For the most part, the work is interesting and you feel that you are making a real contribution to the case. Tasks include researching points of law, drafting instructions to counsel, writing attendance notes and preparing bundles for counsel/court. The work can range from the highly mundane to the very interesting."
First year trainee, London
"It's varied work that includes meeting clients or talking to them on the telephone, taking witness statements, attending inquests, drafting letters and liaising with hospitals."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"I've been given hands on and varied tasks from day one with supervision easily accessible."
Second year trainee, Surrey
"My days vary. I attend weekly client meetings where I also prepare attendance notes and I have attended court alone with just counsel and the client. I also prepare bundles and write letters to clients. A lot of responsibility is given but a lot of help and support is also offered."
First year trainee, London
"Very satisfied. I am currently in a private client seat and have been given a combination of work. This ranges from challenging research into tax laws to less demanding drafting of powers of attorney. There is a great mix."
First year trainee, Guildford
"This is very dependent on the seat. The private client seats tend to be very interactive and hands on, whereas the more corporate and commercial seats are researching and drafting based."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"I have been very lucky to have assisted, drafted or observed very interesting work. I have been able to attend conferences with counsel and draft documents such as client care letters, risk assessments and witness statements."
First year trainee, Basingstoke

2015

"My satisfaction has varied between seats. Generally, I have had good client exposure and been given responsibility to take smaller matters forward, with support as required."
Second year trainee, London
"In my current seat I have been given day-to-day client contact on every matter I work on, and I am given a high level of responsibility, within my capability. This is coupled with as much supervision as I need. On some of my files I am the main contact for the client, and on other matters I assist with drafting documents and providing advice."
First year trainee, Basingstoke
"Personally, I have not had much client interaction although some people have a great deal. It really depends on the department that you are in."
First year trainee, London
"I think your role and day to day work evolves as you progress in a seat. At first I was assisting the partners and associates with their work, but I now have my own matters to work on, communicating with clients directly and primarily. This is in addition to coming up with solutions and actions. I am supervised throughout this work. I undertake interesting and highly varied work, and now attend partner meetings after requesting to do so. It does go to show that at Penningtons Manches they are always happy for trainees to step up, and really want you to do well and accommodate you."
First year trainee, Guildford
"Towards the end of my Training Contract I have been given a lot more responsibility and now do much of the same work as NQ associates, albeit with supervision."
Second year trainee, Guildford
"I regularly attend client meetings and correspond directly with clients. In addition, I am constantly responsible for drafting documents, and finalising deals with minimal supervision, which gives invaluable experience."
Second year trainee, Oxford

2014

"During my work here I have had a lot of responsibility, and almost daily interaction with clients."
Second year trainee, London
"I can manage my own matters, subject to supervision and I have had a number of high level drafting tasks in all departments."
Second year trainee, Oxford
"At the firm I have plenty of client interaction, both over the phone and in meetings. I have felt that in each seat the level of responsibility entrusted to me has grown as my confidence has grown."
Second year trainee, Basingstoke
"My role at work involves drafting the client letters, attending client meetings with a supervising partner and drafting legal documents."
First year trainee, Basingstoke
"I have had a lot of meetings with clients and I have been given some tasks that I think carry a lot of responsibility. I get a huge amount of partner contact, and I generally get a weekly meeting with a partner and an associate to go through my case load and discuss action plans. I am asked to stretch myself frequently, but there is always that safety net in case I have problems."
Second year trainee, Guildford
"Depending on the department and the work available at the time I have had a lot of client interaction and have been given responsibility for files."
Second year trainee, Guildford
"Partners and senior associates at the firm make an effort to get you involved in lots of different cases. They also take the time to explain the background of the cases and any legal issues that come up."
First year trainee, London
"From day one at the firm I have been given a good level of responsibility, and I am allowed to take on as much work as I can cope with."
First year trainee, Reading

2013

"Given plenty of responsibility, lots and lots of client contact, interesting variety of work, no two days are the same, helpful and supportive colleagues around you."
First year trainee, Guildford
"You are a valued member of each team you work for throughout your training contract. There is interaction with clients on a daily basis."
Second year trainee, Basingstoke
"I have been amazed at the level of responsibility I have been given, working on high value injunctions and whistle-blowing claims from the start. My supervising partner is always there to answer questions but is happy to let me run with it if I am happy to do so. I think it is a testament to the training contract here that the partners are so confident in the abilities of their newly qualified solicitors."
Newly qualified solicitor, Basingstoke
"High levels of responsibility from an early stage, day-to-day conduct of some files, lots of opportunity for client interaction, very varied work assignments - drafting, research, advising, attending court/tribunal, client meetings, etc."
Second year trainee, London
"Lots of client interaction to the point where trainees become the first point of contact for client and 'run their files'. This is not to say there is not a sufficient amount of supervision."
Second year trainee, London
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