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Satisfaction with Work

8.5 / 10

(based on 10 ratings in 2016)

2016

"A range of work is given with an emphasis on getting us involved in as much as possible. My role involves researching legal questions, drafting a range of documentation and attending meetings."
First year trainee, Guildford
"The work is diverse. One minute I'm working on a bankruptcy case for an individual and the next I'm working on a multi-million pound loan agreement. I'm often asked to do a first draft of something and then given an opportunity to go through it with my supervisor to see what amendments they'd make. I feel that I have learned much more on the job than books could have taught me."
First year trainee, Guildford
"I've been given a wide range of work. I am directly involved with a hearing and a judicial mediation at the moment that's given me a great insight into the department. I do a fair amount of research and article writing, which helps me to expand my knowledge in this field. I also frequently attend meetings, conference calls and external events with clients."
First year trainee, Guildford
"I've had high-quality work appropriate to my level of experience. I work on a wide range and tend to get a nice spread of my own matters and involvement in larger matters at a more junior level."
Second year trainee, Guildford
"I've assisted the corporate team on the various aspects of an acquisition. So far, this has included management of the data room, drafting of due diligence questionnaires and disclosure letters and filing forms at Companies House. The work has been interesting and varied."
First year trainee, Guildford
"People often think of us as a regional firm with local matters but the level of responsibility we are given in high-value transactions proves this is not the case."
Second year trainee, Guildford

2015

"As a trainee, you get a high level of client contact and responsibility for handling parts of a transaction. The level of responsibility is good and I feel that it strikes the right balance in the context of the work."
Second year trainee, Guildford
"Client interaction varies by department - in some departments you attend multiple face-to-face client meetings per week; in others you personally handle matters and engage directly with clients by email and phone."
Second year trainee, Guildford
"There has been plenty of responsibility from the outset in the Commercial Department. I've tackled a range of tasks, varying from drafting to research. The client contact has been minimal so far though."
First year trainee, Guildford
"I have been surprised by how much I have been able to get involved with so early on in my career. I have been trusted to 'have at go' at drafting various documents as well as correspondence with both clients and solicitors - and I'm only one month into my training contract. It is already apparent that I won't be spending the next two years at the photocopier."
First year trainee, Guildford
"I have a range of responsibilities, from drafting to research to client meetings. There are lots of opportunities to interact with clients, and there is a good balance of different types of work required, so every day is different."
First year trainee, Guildford

2014

"As a trainee you are entrusted with similar work to that of a junior lawyer and you really feel like you are valued. I have been able to deal with clients both face-to-face and over the phone on a regular basis."
First year trainee, Guildford
"I have been given a variety of different work. There are opportunities to be involved with a number of different tasks and to manage case files."
First year trainee, Guildford
"The work and the amount of client contact you get varies between department: you get more in private client areas, although you are provided with as much as possible at any early stage."
First year trainee, Guildford
"The quality of work depends on which department you are in, however, trainees are frequently able to get involved in drafting tasks in most departments. I have had a lot of client contact and lawyers make a special effort to take trainees along to meetings and involve them in conference calls. I have also been the main point of contact for clients on a couple of occasions."
Second year trainee, Guildford
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