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Satisfaction with Work

8.3 / 10

(based on 34 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Obviously there are inevitable dull trainee tasks but overall I feel valued and more interesting work is out there if you put yourself forward."
First year trainee, London
"It usually involves some form of substantive drafting for a client, whether it's an email on a particular client point or working on new client policies. I am very much involved in the process, including regular weekly client calls. I have also attended a client meeting."
First year trainee, London
"We're given interesting, varied work and early responsibility. We're always supported by the associates that we sit with. This is definitely not a firm where you will spend your time at the photocopier."
First year trainee, London
"In the pensions department I draft deeds, perform legal research, send documents to clients and occasionally advise clients directly (under supervision)."
First year trainee, London
"As a trainee you are given lots of responsibility from the start. This includes negotiating non-disclosure agreements with solicitors acting for the other side (usually associates) and handling smaller matters on your own."
Second year trainee, London
"A range of work including traditional trainee tasks (bundling etc) and moments of greater responsibility (reviewing lasting power of attorney terms and hedge funds)."
First year trainee, London
"I get to work with a wide range of clients on complex transactions and advisory matters. There is relatively little 'routine' work, which makes the job challenging at times but keeps me engaged."
Second year trainee, London
"Work varies from department to department. In corporate and finance, expect to be part of the core deal team drafting and negotiating ancillary, and sometimes main, transaction documents as well as running signing meetings. In advisory departments, work is much more research heavy but the partners and associates will definitely rely on the work you do."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"There is a great learning environment to support and develop my role here. I think that the responsibility which you take on early is great, but at the same time you never feel unsupervised or unsupported."
Second year trainee, London
"The partners here give you as much responsibility as you can handle. I speak to clients on my own, giving advice (with an associate listening in when necessary), I manage my own matters and have real ownership over my work."
Second year trainee, London
"I have had moderate client contact in the corporate seat at my firm. My day-to-day responsibilities involve amending transaction documents and tracking mark-ups, drafting board minutes and other ancillary documents to a deal, researching and drafting emails on behalf of the partner in question in response to a query from a client."
First year trainee, London
"Being in a relatively small intake of trainees means that there are plenty of opportunities for client interaction. This also means that there is room for trainees to take responsibility for discrete tasks on a matter."
First year trainee, London
"Client interaction does vary by department, but in the Corporate Department I have found that I have frequent contact with clients, and that I have been given responsibility for some really interesting client-facing tasks."
First year trainee, London
"I think it depends on the department, but if you show that you are capable and wish to have greater involvement, then you will be granted greater responsibility."
First year trainee, London
"I get a lot of responsibility and liaise with various clients, although as a trainee I still get my share of the administrative work as well."
First year trainee, London

2014

"I was given a huge amount of client interaction in the Employment department, and a good deal in the Corporate Finance department. As a smaller firm, the trainees are an integral part of the team and are able to do the work that, at other firms, would not be available until associate level."
First year trainee, London
"This is dependent on department, however I have interacted with clients on my own, and have been the contact for clients when they have queries. There is a lot of responsibility, so you have to be prepared to learn fast. However, you can always ask questions and there are always people you can ask for support."
First year trainee, London
"On a large transaction, trainees often correspond with junior and senior personnel at both the client and the other side's lawyers."
Second year trainee, London
"I am a real part of the team and am not felt to be or presented to be 'less important'. I have been to many client meetings and events. I have single-handedly managed (minor) board meetings with several representatives of the client; if the partner trusts your work then you are given a lot of responsibility. My notes are sent directly from me to the client and we talk to them on the phone quite a bit."
First year trainee, London
"Trainees are given a lot of responsibility but always given sufficient guidance. Client contact depends on the department. In transactional seats trainees are trusted to contact clients regularly. In advisory seats, trainees are usually asked to draft emails to be sent by partners. Menial tasks are regularly described as "not suitable for trainees", and there is a real emphasis on getting us involved in 'real' work as much as possible."
First year trainee, London
"I have had lots of client contact and have also been taken to client meetings. My day-to-day responsibilities have varied from drafting documents and dealing with emails, to preparation for completions and liaising with HMRC on tax matters."
First year trainee, London
"Varies from department to department. I have had different degrees of client exposure based on the task at hand. Drafting documents, liaising with solicitors in the firm and outside the firm but also some 'trainee' type jobs, e.g. company searches, company house filings, creating bibles."
Second year trainee, London
"This varies from department to department. However as a general rule, the firm is good at giving trainees responsibility if you can prove you can handle it. The two partners I have sat with have also made sure that I have been involved with the work and with the team."
Second year trainee, London
"I have been given much more responsibility than I expected to get. Very steep learning curve. A lot is expected of trainees."
Second year trainee, London
"Varies on a day-to-day basis. Overall level of responsibility is high but client interaction is largely done by more senior lawyers."
First year trainee, London

2013

"I feel like I'm trusted to run jobs, either stand-alone assignments or as part of wider matters - made much easier by the knowledge that there's someone standing by to help if you need. Life can get busy and challenging, but supervisors keep a close eye and tend to cut you some slack if you're struggling at any point, which may be in the form of the odd day off if you've had a particularly hard time."
Second year trainee, London
"Lots of client contact, drafting and project management."
First year trainee, London
"Opportunity to attend client meetings and take on responsibility on transactions."
First year trainee, London
"Varies in departments, but increases as you progress through your training contract and makes the job more enjoyable."
Second year trainee, Paris
"Client contact is good and supervisors make an effort to give you good quality work. You get the feeling that supervisors view their training role seriously."
Second year trainee, London
"Lots of client interaction and responsibility (almost too much!)."
1 yr PQE, London
"I have attended meetings and been able to call and email the most senior people at our clients. I have been given responsibility for my own aspects of the matters on which I have worked."
First year trainee, London
"I have had to carry out very few photocopying/menial administrative tasks."
First year trainee, London
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