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Satisfaction with Work

8.2 / 10

(based on 23 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Over the past year, I have had the privilege of taking part in communications with the European Commission, drafting legal opinions and contracts, working for the biggest clients in the shipping industry and being involved, from start to finish, in a significant acquisition in the media sector. All in all, high-profile work and well-rounded experience."
First year trainee, London
"You get high responsibility and great involvement in matters. You are not sitting on the sidelines or asked to do photocopying. Instead, you regularly communicate with clients, counsel or experts. There's even the occasional celebratory lunch after a case is closed."
First year trainee, London
"It's a small team, so there are high levels of responsibility and a good level of work for second-year trainees."
Second year trainee, London
"In my current seat, it's fair to say that I will have legally interesting tasks assigned to me on most days that provide the right balance of being challenging without feeling overwhelming."
Second year trainee, London
"I receive good work. I'm responsible for negotiating and drafting documents as well as transaction management."
Second year trainee, London
"My current seat is research-heavy, but that usually transfers into drafting advice and submissions that will get sent out in your own name if they're up to scratch. I have lots of client contact and responsibility with little admin/bundling. This can vary between seats and supervisors, though."
First year trainee, London
"I am very satisfied. I've taken on a good mix of advisory, transactional and contentious matters so far and the supervisors ensure that you are given early responsibility while making sure that you are well supported when necessary."
First year trainee, London
"The quality of work is generally excellent though this can be department-specific. For example, a first seater in shipping or real estate will probably have more responsibility (and they get a lot) than a first seater in another department. As you progress, the responsibility is increased (depending on whether you want/are able to take it on) and you have the ability to input ideas into documents/disputes etc. Day-to-day contact with clients is generally very good in transactional departments."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"In my role I have a great quality of work, and the international opportunities available only increase my satisfaction with working at the firm."
First year trainee, London
"My role has a lot of research tasks and drafting of advice day-to-day. Throughout my role I have opportunities to correspond with clients, and run my own files."
First year trainee, London
"Most of our clients are international so most interaction is over the phone or via email. Day-to-day I do a lot of research tasks, and recently have begun project managing matters."
First year trainee, London
"The work I have been given has given me the opportunity to learn while enjoying the support of the team."
First year trainee, London
"In my first seat (non-contentious) I had an incredible amount of exposure to clients, and was trusted with tasks of a varying size every day. Since then I have moved seat, and have had less autonomy and fewer responsibilities, but I understand that this variety is experienced by everyone between the different types of law being practised."
First year trainee, London
"As this is my first seat, I am learning the basics and have found that there is little to no direct client contact and that I am doing a considerable amount of administrative work on a day-to-day basis."
First year trainee, London
"I have fantastic exposure to a variety of work in my first seat. I have been given a lot of responsibility as the department has been so busy, and this has been a great learning experience."
First year trainee, London
"I find the work really interesting, but I could have more client interaction. I find the high level of day-to-day responsibilities that I have at work are great for a trainee."
First year trainee, London
"In my role I am the point of contact for over 20 clients."
First year trainee, London

2014

"I have just started to get some client interaction - it is still early days in my training contract. My role mostly involves undertaking legal research and drafting (contracts/advice notes/correspondence). I work in a small team in a niche area of law - this can be complex and challenging at times."
First year trainee, London
"I have plenty of client interaction, I get a real blend of work. Sometime these are clear trainee roles but I do have some real responsibility and feel like a make a valuable contribution."
Second year trainee, London
"Client interaction - by email and in meetings - is encouraged, but the nature of work means that most meetings are carried out by partners. I am expected to take detailed notes to be circulated to clients and other attendees afterwards. Day-to-day responsibilities include drafting documents such as Self Assessments and commitments for UK/EU competition authorities, analysing a corporate acquisition structure for potential filing requirements and preparing a draft filing notification."
First year trainee, London
"Each of my first two seats have involved direct client contact on a daily basis. I am rarely involved in admin and my superiors value my opinion. Responsibilities include drafting of documents and research in high-profile deals and investigations, as well as providing input on business development initiatives."
First year trainee, London
"I do not have much client interaction but only because of the nature of the work I am currently involved in. My responsibilities range from doing document review and producing bundles to preparing written advice to clients and drafting letter to the other side in litigation. What particularly impresses me is that all work done by me is actually reflected in the end product."
First year trainee, London
"I have been surprised at the level of client contact offered so far through my training contract. I have been communicating with clients by phone/email frequently, both supervised and unsupervised. Generally, I have had very few administrative pieces of work (e.g. photocopying) and the work tends to be demanding, involving a lot of research (so, when the odd piece of photocopying does come around, it's often quite welcome!)"
First year trainee, London
"I spend most of my time on the phone or in meetings with clients and external counsel. The quality of work is outstanding with hardly any administrative work."
First year trainee, London

2013

"Depends on the department. I currently feel like I'm getting good quality work and people are keen to involve me."
Second year trainee, Dubai
"Good clients and good level of responsibility. Supervising partners always happy to help with any questions."
Newly qualified solicitor, London
"Plenty of responsibility and contact with external counsel, if not with clients."
First year trainee, London
"Fantastic work and client interaction, left to run matters but still supported."
1 yr PQE, London
"I deal directly with a lot of clients and have responsibility for their matters, including sometimes feeling a bit out of my depth."
1 yr PQE, London
"Generally you are given a good deal of responsibility; but it really does depend on the department/specific partner. I have had a lot of interaction with clients and have been set interesting and challenging tasks. But on the other hand I have also photocopied lots and taken notes. Overall the job is challenging, fast-paced and on most days varied."
First year trainee, London
"This varies department to department and team to team massively."
Second year trainee, London
"I think that I get very good quality work for the level of qualification that I am. I have a lot of direct contact with clients, counsel and often get sent to meet witnesses or experts on my own. I work with a variety of partners in the department so the range of work I am doing is good."
1 yr PQE, London
"Day-to-day, I spend a lot of my time undertaking legal research, preparing memos for partners, file management, preparing board minutes, updating client alerts and emailing other counsel."
First year trainee, London
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