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Satisfaction with Work

7.9 / 10

(based on 43 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Very good quality work: from my first seat until now I have been given interesting and challenging high-impact work. The downside is that there is a bad allocation of the work, with some trainees being overworked when others are struggling to find anything to do."
Second year trainee, London
"Depending on your supervisor and the type of matter you are working on, you should be given a high quality of work. I have coordinated the QC of a document review and attended meeting with the clients."
First year trainee, London
"I get assigned a good range of things to do. Some of it is administrative/more tedious work, but that's to be expected as a trainee. It's balanced by a lot of interesting research and more challenging proper legal work."
First year trainee, London
"As a trainee, I have given regular advice to the company secretary of a FTSE10 company, and have been included in client meetings and difficult drafting tasks throughout my training contract. Very pleased with overall quality."
Second year trainee, London
"I get a good range of work and a comfortable level of responsibility for a first-seat trainee. I have been involved in drafting several different things and have received a good amount of client contact, including meeting the CEO of one of the clients I've worked for."
First year trainee, London
"There are a fair few mundane tasks, such as redactions and proof-reading or cross-referencing. These are to be expected though and, by and large, the people giving you that work know that it is not particularly intellectually stimulating. So far, everyone has made a very good effort to let trainees get involved with more complex tasks (such as drafting) and I have been lucky enough to have a fair amount of client contact and project management work."
First year trainee, London
"Very satisfied. The multi-specialist approach means you do see the full range of work available in a department. Dispute resolution trainees will be involved in High Court cases, arbitrations and global investigations. It is not uncommon for a finance lawyer to take small corporate tasks so that the client need not be palmed off around the firm. The firm always receives some of the top instructions from clients around the world."
First year trainee, London
"I am usually given interesting work, which is often research based. I do some administrative tasks but these are usually minor. I do work primarily for my supervisor and co-supervisor, but am also involved in non-chargeable work to do with creating internal know-how and client publications."
First year trainee, London
"On balance, it's high-quality bespoke work. Where trainees are too often performing tasks that are below their station, the firm recognises this and hires paralegals."
First year trainee, london

2015

"I have had a fairly high level of client interaction given from an early stage. On my first proper deal I was left to liaise with a number of banks and the client on my own by phone and email."
First year trainee, London
"The role is very varied, from research to sending emails and memos of advice. Due diligence is part of the role, as is document management. But you get a lot of varied experience here, and you are learning from the best. Client contact varies a lot seat to seat. In one seat you can deal with clients every day, even going for dinner with them, when in the next you can send maybe 15 emails to clients in the whole six months."
First year trainee, London
"Work satisfaction is very dependent on which department you are in and which projects you are working on. You can go from having relatively high levels of client contact and responsibility (working with certain partners) to having next to no client contact and being stuck reviewing the contents of a data room for a long time. This is pretty typical of City law firms though, the key is probably to pick the right departments to work in and then do everything you can to qualify into your preferred department."
Second year trainee, London
"Trainee work varies from interesting research and drafting to some less exciting (but still essential) tasks such as document review and administration of materials."
First year trainee, London
"I have some client interaction but this is mainly via email. Responsibility usually grows considerably on qualification. Day-to-day, I do a lot of typical trainee tasks, but you can get some good drafting experience."
Second year trainee, London
"Day-to-day responsibilities vary widely - there are periods of dull processing work, but equally I have plenty of contact with clients, regulators and the other side, as well as challenging and interesting drafting tasks."
First year trainee, London

2014

"There is lots of high quality research and work on interesting points. I don't have a huge amount of client interaction in my specialist group, (but I had more when I was sitting in a corporate group)."
First year trainee, London
"I have had limited client interaction, but opportunities for responsibility are there if you are willing to seek them out. Slaughter and May has a first class client roster."
Second year trainee, London
"I have had very little client interaction (which is perhaps unsurprising for a first seat trainee). Against that, you can quickly make yourself very useful on major transactions/disputes by taking the time to get on top of facts/documents. Overall I have had quite high-quality work with lots of opportunities for development; you just need to be realistic about what level of responsibility a first-year trainee at a major law firm is going to have."
First year trainee, London
"The quality of work varies - I have been involved in some deals where I get a lot of client interaction and other, (usually larger), deals where I have performed time-consuming document-heavy/administrative tasks."
Second year trainee, London
"As part of a litigation team, I have a lot of exposure to clients and other third parties."
First year trainee, London
"Client contact depends on the seat in which you are sitting, as some are less likely to involve it than others. Due to the size of many of the deals, there is a fair amount of 'admin' work that trainees often pick-up. Having said that, it is minimal when compared with other MC firms, and there is always an opportunity to do more involved and interesting tasks."
Second year trainee, London
"I have had much more client interaction than I would have ever expected."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"I have had a large amount of contact with clients (initially by phone/email, but, as my training contract progressed, in face to face meetings). The work is often challenging, requiring a lot of legal research and application of the law within business parameters. There are spurts of boring, admin style things to do - but it is important to understand how all aspects of a law practice fit together and these admin style tasks are fewer than I had expected prior to joining."
Second year trainee, London
"Some very interesting pieces of work but a large amount of admin too. Especially in your first year as a trainee."
Second year trainee, London
"I have had quite a lot of contact with clients in three of my four seats. The quality of work tends to be better in corporate and financing than in DR (although this is rather the nature of litigation)."
Second year trainee, London
"I've had a mix from lots of admin (I am very good at scanning now) to drafting basic documents and listening to client calls. Hours are unpredictable: I've given up trying to work out if I'm leaving early or late. Some client interaction - more than I thought I would get actually."
First year trainee, London
"Occasionally some interesting research and drafting, amongst plenty of administrative tasks."
First year trainee, London
"I have just started and most of my work involves discrete tasks such as a piece of research, or proofreading."
First year trainee, London
"Good quality of work right from the outset of qualification. Good levels of client interaction. Quantities of work given with relative autonomy over work demands and hours worked (within reason)."
Newly qualified solicitor, London
"I have been given a fair bit of responsibility and due to our multi-specialist approach, have been exposed to multiple areas of work."
Second year trainee, London
"It varies from group to group, but at its best I had extensive responsibilities and client interaction. The quality of the work is consistently strong. Life on-the-job is very positive - the firm works hard to promote a cooperative rather than competitive environment and an 'open-door' policy. Also, the lack of target hours means qualified fee earners are willing to spend time with trainees."
Second year trainee, London
"High level of responsibility, contrary to popular belief. Partners from other law firms call me to discuss their queries. Finalising agreements with clients on the phone before signing. Negotiating agreements with clients directly."
First year trainee, London
"Client contact can be a bit lacking, but has picked up in the second year. Definitely felt like I've been given more responsibility as a second year trainee."
Second year trainee, London
"I have been given a lot of responsibility and good quality work."
Second year trainee, London
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