Simmons & Simmons

Satisfaction with Work

7.9 / 10

(based on 14 ratings in 2018)

2018

"I've taken on a wide variety of work under many different fee earners. This ranges from administrative tasks to taking the first stab at complex analytical exercises."
First year trainee, London
"I am currently sitting in the corporate team so I receive a variety of work. This can include drafting documents lists and share purchase agreements or running communications with selling shareholders."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"There's a good quality of work with lots of responsibility and really good levels of support leading to high job satisfaction. Trainees aren't always left to do trainee tasks. If you're willing and able, you will be given stretching work."
Second year trainee, London
"The level of autonomy is relatively low in litigation so there is some oversight. This is good for a first seat but may be frustrating for those later on in their training contracts."
First year trainee, London
"Associates make an effort to give interesting work and being proactive and volunteering for more advanced tasks is encouraged. There's still a lot of trainee work, such as bundling and proofreading, but that is part of the role."
Second year trainee, London
"My quality of work varies but it is quite common for a trainee to take on new qualifier level work, which is both challenging and rewarding."
Second year trainee, London
"I have received diverse and interesting work with a mix of billable and non-billable tasks. I have completed a lot of research work, some with a more legal focus and some being more commercial. I have had the opportunity to draft letters to the other side and an affidavit for an interim freezing injunction. I have also had a very significant amount of client-facing time, both at the office and when attending mediations off site."
First year trainee, London
"When I have done a simple piece of work well, more engaging and complex work has followed. Additionally, when I have expressed an interest in a particular kind of work, I have found that people try their best to ensure I get exposure to it."
First year trainee, Bristol

2017

"I am currently sitting in commercial litigation so most of my day-to-day work depends on the progress of the cases. One case is coming up to mediation so involves preparation including liaising with potential experts. Another case involves lots of analysing documents and resolution of queries such as drafting witness statements."
First year trainee, Bristol
"Trainees sometimes receive limited responsibility in some departments, which can be frustrating. Day-to-day tasks depend on your department but, in transactional seats, include verification, proofreading and occasional drafting. Contentious tasks include document management and bundling."
First year trainee, London
"The work quality varies by department. It is generally higher in transactional departments where trainees can manage smaller deals and have control of their workstreams."
First year trainee, London
"You are given a good degree of responsibility in corporate but support is always available. Trainees in a transactional seat are given project management tasks but also have the ability to draft documents and liaise directly with clients."
First year trainee, London
"I've been fairly satisfied with the quality of work I've been given, especially considering I'm only in my first seat. I have consistently drafted letters to the other side and emails to clients as well as a mediation statement and settlement agreement. It really is true that, if you are able to do the small things well and reliably, you'll be trusted with the more interesting and challenging tasks. This means it's worth putting top effort and attention into everything you're asked to do from the beginning."
First year trainee, London
"I'm very satisfied and have been given a lot of responsibility, especially in transactional seats."
First year trainee, London

2016

"It varies by department, but generally I have been able to take on high levels of responsibility for a trainee. For example, I have been allowed to lead contractual negotiations for smaller contracts and allowed to co-present to a client before."
Second year trainee, London
"Day-to-day responsibilities include running the commercial property process on deals, liaising with foreign counsel and occasionally taking a first attempt at drafting documents. The amount of client contact has been surprisingly high."
First year trainee, London
"My day-to-day responsibilities include amending prospectuses, drafting board minutes, drafting funds index, project management of matters at hand by filing emails and documents onto the relevant areas of our internal database."
First year trainee, London
"This massively varies depending on the department that you're in and who you're sitting with. I have had seats with large amounts of client contact and others with next to none. With the role of a trainee, there can be large menial tasks. The amount of support/training given widely depends on the fee earner that you're working for. Some fee earners are excellent to work with and for."
Second year trainee, London
"Some of the work in capital markets could have been done by a legal secretary, but I have worked on some Financial Times front page stuff."
First year trainee, London
"I don't have much client interaction, but that could be because I am in a litigation department. My day-to-day responsibilities entail research, document review, writing and reviewing letters, preparing bundles for tribunal etc. Every day is different."
First year trainee, London
"I had a huge amount of client contact in my first seat, with responsibility for day-to-day contact with several clients. The quality of work is really high. You avoid a lot of the boring grunt work commonly given to trainees in very large firms."
First year trainee, London
"This has varied significantly between seats. In my previous seats, I had ownership of my own workstreams and on transactional deals was often the main point of contact with the client. Transactional seats saw me doing a fair bit of drafting (especially first cuts), but I would say trainees are tasked with a lot of project management, particularly on cross-border/cross-practice deals."
Second year trainee, Hong Kong
"In my first transactional seat I had daily contact with the client, with significant day-to-day responsibility. In my first contentious seat I have had limited contact with the client, but have liaised with QCs and juniors more than I expected I would."
First year trainee, London

2015

"The work on offer very much varies from department to department. Currently I am sitting in Corporate and have a very high level of responsibility and client interaction."
Second year trainee, London
"I would say I communicate with clients on a near daily basis - the senior associates and partners (in this non-contentious seat) encourage trainees to take responsibility for work streams where appropriate, some of which necessarily involve close client contact."
First year trainee, London
"In my first seat I did not have that much client contact. However, I am now on secondment and as such am having client contact daily."
First year trainee, London
"Client interaction can vary depending on the seat. Day-to-day responsibilities range from basic administrative tasks to completing more interesting research and drafting documents."
First year trainee, London
"Client interaction is generally high and day-to-day work is actually legal-based rather than say document management."
Second year trainee, London
"I have day-to-day client interaction and have been given the opportunity to run a key workstream within a large transaction. This has been a great experience and assisted with my development towards becoming an associate."
Second year trainee, London
"I am on client secondment so my client interaction is excellent and I have a lot of responsibility; people treat me as a qualified lawyer. Within the firm my tasks were probably more menial, but I also got pieces of important work. I am actively encouraged to interact with clients."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Good levels of client interaction across all departments, chance to attend meetings/court hearings, etc. Trainees also get appropriate levels of responsibility that increase throughout training contract."
Second year trainee, London
"Generally good level of responsibility and interesting work unless you're in a contentious department, in which case you will be doing quite a bit of bundling!"
Second year trainee, London
"Where appropriate, the firm is keen to give you client interaction in order to develop your skills and see what you can do. Daily responsibilities are very light on administration, we are encouraged to use secretaries/business services to assist us with this so that we can gain experience at being a lawyer and not a photocopier."
Second year trainee, London
"On several matters I have attended client meetings, personally responded to client queries and been invited to client drinks. I feel this is a high level of responsibility for a first seat trainee."
First year trainee, London
"Where possible, I am given responsibility for substantive research tasks but most client interaction goes through my supervisor. Some of the tasks have been admin-heavy, because I'm a first seat trainee. As the only first-seater in the department, I do get asked to do less work but I've been reassured that this just takes some time and builds up substantially by the end of the seat."
First year trainee, London
"The work can be varied and interesting. However, this differs from department to department, with some having little client contact. Overall, a very good experience."
Second year trainee, London
"I am on client secondment at the moment so am interacting with clients all day and have been given more responsibility gradually throughout my training contract."
Second year trainee, London
"I am currently on client secondment so have constant interaction with clients. I also have lots of responsibility and work on my own contracts and matters."
First year trainee, London
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