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Satisfaction with Work

8.2 / 10

(based on 17 ratings in 2016)

2016

"You get as much responsibility as you want and can handle, which is a brilliant way to approach case management, client interaction and matter responsibility. I feel very trusted by the fee earners in my team to handle things well and to know when I'm out of my depth."
First year trainee, London
"I have had client interaction from my first week and have always been given early responsibility."
Second year trainee, London
"I have been involved in very high-profile disputes and have had excellent levels of responsibility and client contact."
Second year trainee, London
"Working in a team with varying workloads means you can be given early responsibility to run your own matters while still being able to get your teeth into large-scale litigation. It's the combination of both that really allows you to develop as a lawyer. Lots of client contact is available in social and work settings."
Second year trainee, London
"Workload varies depending on seats. On average I've had much more responsibility and client contact than my peers at other firms, including running my own files."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"I get a high level of responsibility and the work is very varied. I've had quite a bit of client contact at conferences, client meetings and court hearings."
First year trainee, London
"This is very variable depending on the team. In smaller departments trainees have much higher responsibility, client contact etc than in larger ones, which can be more admin-focused."
Second year trainee, London
"Lots of client interaction and responsibility. You are really made to feel like an integral part of the team."
First year trainee, London

2015

"I have been given responsibility early on, and I undertake interesting and varied tasks. I am given consistent exposure to clients, counsel and experts."
First year trainee, London
"Currently I have limited client interaction and some of my work is fairly repetitive in nature. However, during my training contract I have experienced a significant amount of client contact, responsibility and variety."
Second year trainee, London
"Personally I do not have as much client interaction as I would like, but client contact can vary depending upon your department and/or your supervisor."
Second year trainee, London
"I have a significant amount of responsibility and interact with clients daily. I run my own cases and feel integral to the firm."
Second year trainee, London
"Aside from the usual trainee tasks, there are good opportunities to draft client advice, attend client meetings/calls and case management responsibilities."
First year trainee, London
"I have had a great deal of direct client contact, managing interesting matters under supervision and even having long calls with counsel."
First year trainee, London
"I have had a lot of client contact, from attending meetings to drafting day-to-day correspondence. Day-to-day responsibilities vary depending on department and which case is busy at a given time, but I have been involved in disclosure, witness statements, drafting part 36 offers and expert reports to name a few."
First year trainee, London
"There are only four of us in my current team: trainee, two senior associates and a partner. I have a lot of client contact, and get involved with a lot of hands on experience; drafting loan agreements, releasing security, managing the conveyancing process and emails/general correspondence with clients."
First year trainee, London

2014

"I do a wide variety of work, including but not limited to: research, meetings, liaising with experts and counsel, attending and preparing for hearings."
First year trainee, London
"I have a great amount of responsibility and manage a heavy case load. However, I do not have as much client interaction and involvement in BD as I would like."
First year trainee, Bristol
"I interact with clients by doing bits of research and emailing them with the results, asking for and sending documents, sending them updates on the lower value claims. On a day-to-day basis my responsibilities vary from tedious disclosure work on big cases, to writing letters demanding unpaid debts and liaising with experts to ensure they have everything they need to do their job."
First year trainee, London
"I have been given a lot of responsibility in my current seat and have had the opportunity for regular client interaction - at meetings, on the phone and by email. I feel like a valued member of the team."
First year trainee, London
"I have been surprised by the level of responsibility given to trainees. In my current seat I have had a substantial amount of client contact and a wide variety of work."
First year trainee, London
"Little client interaction, but more in the insurance team than in commercial. Day-to-day responsibilities are as expected - a range of 'typical' trainee tasks combined with other opportunities to obtain more diverse work such as investigating fraud!"
First year trainee, London
"As at any large firm, levels of client interaction vary by department. In the commercial group I have been allowed to take a leading role in smaller matters, in addition to joining bigger teams for larger cases."
First year trainee, London
"We get fantastic opportunities to meet clients at firm events. My day-to-day responsibilities is mostly research and drafting. The underlying work/transaction is always interesting and varied. Senior lawyers and partners try to involve trainees in the process as much as possible so that we have a good understanding of the wider picture."
First year trainee, London
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