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Satisfaction with Work

8.3 / 10

(based on 13 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Lots of client interaction and responsibility in transactional seats. Sometimes highly pressurised."
Second year trainee, London
"Very extensive client interaction within two of the four seats, and some client interaction in the remainder. My role in each team has involved both simpler and more challenging tasks, including drafting documentation and arguments that are eventually sent out to the client."
Second year trainee, London
"I have a lot of client interaction on a day-to-day basis. Much more than some of my friends at magic circle law firms. I think the small intake allows you to take responsibility and ownership of your work. It is a great environment to learn in."
First year trainee, london
"At times I am surprised by the level of work that I am directly involved with. I also have – especially in transactional departments – extensive direct liaison with the clients, whether more junior or senior members of the client's teams."
Second year trainee, London
"My role has included drafting documents, leading the Q&A process, coordinating local counsel etc."
First year trainee, London

2015

"I am currently in a transactional department where the work involving review of complex contracts in complex transactions. This means the work is difficult but rewarding to carry out. Client interaction is currently less than I would like to be, however this may depend on the seat."
First year trainee, London
"I have had a great deal of client interaction and had the opportunity to get involved with very interesting work and deals."
Second year trainee, London
"The work you are set varies between seats - some will have lots of direct client interaction, others (particularly advisory seats) you will be shrouded under an associate, despite doing a lot of the work (but then this is to be expected and is fairly common across the industry)."
First year trainee, London
"I have been given lots of responsibility, and have had lots of interaction with clients both on calls and face to face. There has also been a focus on increasing the level of responsibility and exposure to more difficult work over time so I didn't feel as if there was no learning curve at all."
First year trainee, London
"I have done a lot of drafting and research and run smaller parts of transactions. Client interaction has varied depending on my seat e.g. in litigation I had a large amount of client contact as I was heavily involved in drafting witness statements, but in Abu Dhabi my client contact has been very limited."
Second year trainee, London
"I play a supportive role to the rest of the team carrying out research tasks and assisting with requiring a high level of detail and organisation. Client interaction varies depending on departments, however trainees always interact with clients in a co-ordination role. Day-to-day responsibilities change depending on the deal, department and supervisor."
First year trainee, London

2014

"As a trainee in a transactional seat I am often encouraged to contact clients directly and attend client meetings. I am mostly involved in the admin side of the transaction (e.g. liaising with the other side and local counsel, checking documents), but am also quite heavily involved in the drafting and turning of certain documents. In my previous advisory seat my day-to-day work mostly involved both legal and factual research, drafting client memos and preparing advice in accordance with the client's instructions."
First year trainee, London
"Varies between seats but in advisory seats, I had a high level of client interaction. Tasks are generally interesting, and there has been a noticeable (steep) progression in the level of responsibility given and complexity of the work as my training contract has progressed."
Second year trainee, London
"There is some client interaction but it differs between departments and depending on the people you are working for."
Second year trainee, London
"This has varied throughout my training contract, but I have always felt like a valued member of the team and have been given plenty of responsibility throughout. Client interaction has varied, but especially in Finance and Projects I had plenty of contact with clients."
Second year trainee, London
"I've had client interaction from about four weeks into my first seat. This obviously doesn't happen on all deals but I've been involved in client meetings, calls, social events, etc. And I really feel that once you can prove reliable you will be treated just like any other fee earner, albeit one with less experience. I often get given really interesting, challenging tasks and of course some mundane ones as well but there are great support systems in place 24/7 which allow for much of this to be delegated to document specialists etc."
First year trainee, London
"In my current transactional seat, there is little client interaction, but in my seats in antitrust and litigation/arbitration, I had high levels of client interaction. My day-to-day responsibilities have varied throughout my two-year training contract and I have felt challenged and engaged with the work."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a high amount of client interaction, and associates are very willing to allow trainees to contact clients directly and are available to support and guide them at all times so it is never daunting."
First year trainee, London

2013

"Obviously trainees sometimes have to pick up the more menial tasks but there is definitely a balance and responsibility is there if you want it. Trainees get very involved on deals and are encouraged to participate and get to grips with their intricacies."
Second year trainee, London
"Compared with friends at Magic Circle firms, the work I am given seems a great deal more interesting. Whilst being given a lot more responsibility brings a degree of stress, which may not be the case with more the usual role of a trainee, it makes the work exciting and you become a much more integrated member of the team. Involvement in the transaction gives me a better view of when to expect busy periods and means that colleagues are very understanding of the needs of work/life balance when it is a little quieter."
First year trainee, London
"Excellent levels of client interaction, including taking a client conference call by myself on my first day as a second seat trainee and attending meetings in Paris and Brussels. Good levels of responsibility and associates are keen to push us towards taking on more, but will never give us more than we can handle. Trainees do get 'administrative' tasks like proofreading but this is important and is certainly not all that we are asked to do. There is a good balance for us, with the goal always in mind of developing us into excellent lawyers."
First year trainee, London
"Inevitable document checks and amending. However, some meaty research questions provided to trainees at an early stage in our training."
First year trainee, London
"Big variety - I've been lucky and done lots of different things but others have had a more limited experience during their seats so far."
First year trainee, London
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