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Satisfaction with Work

7.8 / 10

(based on 9 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Quality of work varies depending on the department that you are sitting in and also the supervisor that you are with. Overall there is a high standard of work that comes in, and you are expected to treat it accordingly."
First year trainee, London
"Good quality work, big clients, major mandates (by and large). Opportunity to take on a high level of responsibility."
Second year trainee, London
"Varies by department but generally good."
Second year trainee, London
"I'm given a lot of responsibility and independence. The work is often of a standard usually performed by associates rather than trainees, which is good for my development."
Second year trainee, London
"I do a variety of different tasks ranging from drafting agreements and letters to undertaking searches to researching minute questions of law."
First year trainee, London

2015

"In my work I have an extremely high level of responsibility. I am very involved in every deal, and have a great deal of client interaction on a frequent basis. For instance, I attended a signing in Paris on my own. From my experience, I feel that being a trainee here is like being an NQ at other firms, because I am entrusted with a lot."
Second year trainee, London
"I undertook great quality work with lots of responsibility from day one."
First year trainee, London
"I found that once the firm was comfortable that you could be trusted to control your work, they were happy to let you work relatively freely, interacting with clients frequently."
Second year trainee, London
"I am quite client facing and my day-to-day responsibility is extremely high: I am trusted to undertake and control my work."
First year trainee, London
"I found that my satisfaction at work depended on the client, but as a whole there is a lot of client contact. This contact is dictated, to some extent, by how much you want it. The nature of the job means that you quickly learn how to juggle multiple matters at one time, and work in the most efficient way."
Second year trainee, London
"Initially, most of my client interaction has come through pro bono work, where I have often run the matter independently. However, partners and senior associates are keen for trainees to join calls/meetings to build relationships with the client, so that we can begin to deal with them directly ourselves when necessary. The level of responsibility that you are given has no ceiling, and depends on your own levels of confidence and proficiency."
First year trainee, London
"At work I was given trainee duties on transactions, but I had considerable responsibility with transaction management."
First year trainee, London
"I have a high level of responsibility, and substantial direct client interaction in a variety of ways: by email, phone and face-to-face, while at work."
Second year trainee, London
"In my experience there was a lot of client interaction and I found myself doing work of an associate level."
Second year trainee, Paris

2014

"As the office is quite small, (certainly a lot smaller than Magic Circle firms), my role is very varied and often very demanding. In the middle of a deal, I'll typically spend the day: analysing documents, commenting on documents, helping to negotiate material points in these documents, internal discussions with my supervisor and the partner on the deal, and sometimes drafting provisions in documents. I regularly email clients and take charge of my own work streams. I have interacted with clients face-to-face on several occasions, and I know that they recognise me and my role in the deal - which is very rewarding."
First year trainee, London
"I mainly assist more senior fee-earners with the day-to-day handling of client matters. This typically includes legal research and assisting with substantive advice sent to the client, drafting documentation, attending client meetings or calls, dealing with the administrative side of a case or deal management, (e.g. signing of documentation), and assisting with business development."
Second year trainee, London
"Teams are structured as partner, associate and trainee, so there is lots of exposure and responsibility. Obviously the trainee is the junior role, but we also have secretaries so there is minimal photocopying/filing, etc. I have lots of client interaction currently, but this varies from department to department. Trainees tend to get increased responsibility over the course of the training contract: initially I was given more administrative tasks but am now involved in substantive matters and have run a few matters of my own."
Second year trainee, London
"My responsibilities include: drafting; reviewing documents; running small discrete parts of transactions - in the Banking department there is a good amount of client contact."
First year trainee, London
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