Simmons & Simmons

One Small Change

2018

"Greater transparency and communication around the seat change process."
Second year trainee, London
"Allow for more flexibility during seat choices. The four-group system sometimes doesn't allow people to apply for all of the seats they would like, running the risk of missing out on another seat of the same group if they are put in one seat they didn't want."
First year trainee, London
"More freebies and perks or a higher salary."
Second year trainee, London
"Offer trainees a guaranteed international secondment."
First year trainee, London
"Offer more secondment seats in international offices. Following Brexit, it is going to be even more important that UK lawyers have a broad experience and an outward focus."
First year trainee, Bristol

2017

"Given that the firm wants more associates to be willing to go and work abroad, offering more international secondments to trainees would probably help encourage people to do this."
First year trainee, London
"Either remove the grading system or apply it more consistently across the firm."
First year trainee, London
"More flexibility on seat choice 'umbrellas'."
First year trainee, London

2016

"More flexibility with the option blocks. Some departments do a lot of corporate type work, but don't count as the required corporate seat."
First year trainee, London
"Better ethnic food in the staff restaurant."
First year trainee, London
"Work on trainees being made to feel truly part of the firm."
First year trainee, London
"More international opportunities. These are quite limited and over-subscribed."
First year trainee, London
"More international secondments should be available. Currently competition is extremely fierce for the few that are on offer."
Second year trainee, Hong Kong

2015

"I would like there to be more international secondment seats."
First year trainee, London
"I think the trainee experience could be improved if there was more transparency in seat change and qualification process."
Second year trainee, London
"I think the firm should offer more international secondments."
First year trainee, London
"I would like to have the option of completing six, four-month seats instead of four, six-month seats. This would allow trainees to experience more departments and broaden your development."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"I would prefer to do six, four-month seats instead of four, six-month seats to be able to experience more departments within the firm."
First year trainee, London
"Regularise hours - although not sure if that is wishful thinking..."
First year trainee, London
"I think the firm should offer fewer training contracts if they can't supply a qualification spot."
Second year trainee, London
"I would appreciate fuller screening of trainee supervisors as quality varies a lot."
Second year trainee, London
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