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Satisfaction with Work

7.9 / 10

(based on 24 ratings in 2019)

2019

"There's a good quality of work and the team is always keen to get you involved, although the level of responsibility varies from department to department."
First year trainee, London
"It varies between departments but the work is typically of a high standard and is incredibly varied. My role is to support the other fee earners so I do that in whatever capacity is required. Sometimes this means managing smaller and less complex tasks but, on other occasions, I get the opportunity to take responsibility for a matter or get involved at a high level."
Second year trainee, Sheffield
"The nature of the work depends on the department. Some departments give trainees a greater level of responsibility in terms of managing their own workload than others."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"The work varies in different teams and you might be given a lot more responsibility in one team than another. Overall, I have been given good work and have experienced lots of direct client contact."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Understandably with the trainee role, there are certain tasks that are more repetitive. However, the work varies greatly across seats and some tasks are more intellectually stimulating."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"On the whole, the work I am assigned is good quality, challenging and interesting, which gives me the chance to learn. There are, of course, some tasks that are slightly less challenging but this is to be expected."
First year trainee, Sheffield

2018

"There's a massive variation in the quality of work and feedback between departments."
Second year trainee, London
"This depends on your department and how much you have progressed through the training contract. The work you do can vary from days of pure admin to almost too much responsibility."
First year trainee, London
"There are some typical admin and trainee tasks that have to be done, but I have found the firm good for encouraging trainees to not get stuck doing admin jobs but to get involved in all aspects of work that the team is doing. I have had good client contact and responsibility and am expected to manage smaller matters by myself. I have also been taken out to client dinners, work meetings and networking events."
First year trainee, Manchester
"The work is generally high quality and interesting. As can be expected, trainees are sometimes asked to do less interesting work (proofreading and bundling for example) but the work is good on the whole."
First year trainee, London
"Now that I'm in my final seat, I have been given the opportunity to do associate-level work on a daily basis. I have excellent client contact and have been drafting and negotiating transaction documents. The supervision and training is great and I am well supported while being allowed to progress matters independently."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"The quality of work that I deal with on a day-to-day basis is usually very high. I am occasionally asked to do more mundane tasks such as scheduling masses of documents, but this is to be expected as a trainee and also provides useful learning as you get to see how the documents affected the deal they were involved in as well as how it was structured."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"Each day is different to the next as a trainee. The workload is diverse and there are constant opportunities for taking on greater responsibility and leading matters, if that is something that you are interested in. DLA Piper is a truly international firm so it is not uncommon to be working on multi-jurisdictional transactions with fee earners across the globe. The quality of work that I have been assigned has improved as I have developed through my training contract and I have had the opportunity to run small matters by myself."
Second year trainee, London
"This varies between departments. I was given tasks of real importance and allowed autonomy to manage my own work in corporate. I felt like an essential part of the team rather than an assistant. Work can often be a lot more administration based in litigation and can include booking meeting rooms and printing etc."
First year trainee, London

2017

"It's a mixture. Most things are a combination of tasks that you would expect as a trainee as well as sometimes being given quite a bit of responsibility through managing your own projects and drafting important documents."
Second year trainee, London
"I support the team by proofreading and sense-checking project documentation as well as gathering research and preparing first drafts of research notes for the client. I have also had some more autonomy with coordinating the exchange of documents and updating the client on the progress of matters. I prepare and circulate news updates to the team for both the UK and Afghanistan markets."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"The kind of work you get is very much dependent on your level of ability, the seat you're in and the team you're working with. The kind of work I did in my first seat was very process driven and bitty but now I am being given much more responsibility and autonomy with my work. On any given day, I can be doing a multi-jurisdictional merger analysis, drafting factual witness statements or a notice of arbitration or conducting witness interviews as part of an investigation. There's really no limit on what I may be involved in and, more importantly, what I take lead on."
Second year trainee, London
"Trainees are given a high level of responsibility from the very start of their training contracts. This means that you get to be involved with high-calibre work as well as working alongside high-calibre clients. This can involve drafting key agreements, attending important meetings and being a main point of contact for the client."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"The work is of a high quality and varies a lot from day to day. I get a good mix of smaller matters and larger transactions in each of my roles and the amount of responsibility varies. We get London-quality work here in the regions and often do multi-jurisdictional work as well."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"The quality of work I am assigned varies a lot. It can be very administrative and secretarial but I am also sometimes presented with difficult legal issues."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"Most of the time I am given good-quality work with lots of responsibility. Although there are inevitable 'trainee' tasks to carry out there seems to have been a push recently to move these into support roles so that trainees have more opportunity to experience higher quality work."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"The cases and clients we work for are interesting and high profile. You get opportunities to do some good pieces of drafting and attend meetings and hearings, however, there are also some inevitable trainee/admin type tasks (eg bundling) that are less engaging. There's a lot of opportunity to do high-responsibility pro bono work, though."
First year trainee, London
"I have regular client contact and have been given a lot of responsibility. On occasion this has included being able to produce the first drafts of transaction documents and comment on the other side's drafts."
Second year trainee, London

2016

"Great-quality work but sometimes you have very limited autonomy."
Second year trainee, Sheffield
"I am assigned a wide variety of tasks that range from bundling to researching complex legal issues. I am happy with the level of responsibility I receive and feel appropriately challenged."
First year trainee, London
"As a trainee in the projects department, my role depends on the stages of the projects we are running and the fee earner giving out the work. I usually undertake research tasks, attend client meetings, amend draft contracts, create documents for various stages of procurement and proofread documents. This is not an exhaustive list."
First year trainee, London
"There's a good range of work and you don't spend too much time at the photocopier. However, with lots of junior people in departments, there isn't always the opportunity to get involved in more complex work or practise drafting skills."
First year trainee, London
"Once you have proven that you can do the simpler tasks to start with, you are gradually given more and more complex work with greater responsibility. I began taking notes during interviews and later on ended up interviewing witnesses myself."
First year trainee, Birminghham
"Very happy with the quality of the work, although it can vary from department to department. A trainee's role is often project management, which I really enjoy. I would like more opportunities to draft documents but sometimes these are too technical for trainees to do."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Generally very good. The majority of the tasks I carry out require me to draw on my developing knowledge and I play an active role in each transaction."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"My exposure to transactions is beyond my initial expectations. I am involved in the day-to-day running of multi-jurisdictional deals and am regularly in contact with clients."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"It has varied from department to department. In finance I got good-quality work. In property litigation some of it can be quite basic."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"I'm very satisfied. My days are varied and challenging but also very rewarding and enjoyable. I assist nine fee earners with all things restructuring. I often attend court when assisting with contentious matters. The variety is very enjoyable."
First year trainee, Manchester

2015

"In my role I am given opportunities to run my own projects, have met with senior representatives of clients including CEOs, and I see an active effort from senior fee earners to involve me in all aspects of their work."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"I am currently on client secondment with a key client of the firm, so I have experienced a huge amount of client interaction and no day is the same. On secondment my day-to-day responsibilities vary from: drafting an intra-group loan agreement, attending a signing meeting at the offices of external lawyers appointed by the client to preparing board papers and attending board meetings."
Second year trainee, London
"I had a lot of client interaction during my first seat but I am currently on an international secondment to one of our international offices and have found that I have had no client interaction during this seat."
First year trainee, Leeds
"I have a fair amount of client contact and get to attend meetings where possible. Day-to-day responsibilities vary hugely between seats, but generally trainees are involved in a lot of different matters at once and will get to send correspondence, do some drafting as well as other tasks such as preparing files for court or researching specific areas of law."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"Trainees are given plenty of work and responsibility. In almost all seats it is possible to take responsibility for your own small files and run with them. You are treated like one of the team and are expected to get stuck in. I have attended a few client meetings and fee earners are generally willing to take trainees along."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"There has been a great level of responsibility and client interaction on a day-to-day basis. I found that the opportunity to go on secondment to a leading bank has been excellent."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"Client interaction does depend on your department, but generally fee earners are willing to give you as much client contact as possible. I've had a number of opportunities to work directly with clients throughout my training contract. Day-to-day responsibilities can be anything: preparing bundles, drafting pre-action documents, reviewing contracts to running banking transactions."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"As trainees in the regional offices of the firm we are part of smaller teams, so we are more integral there, and this means that we get exposed to all levels of work rather than photocopying/bundling."
Second year trainee, Liverpool
"There is some client contact over email and phone but most of the time you are assisting a more senior fee-earner who manages the client relationship. Day-to-day, though, I do feel that as trainees we get to test ourselves while always feeling supported. There are opportunities every now and again to run with a matter relatively independently of anyone else, which is often how you learn best."
First year trainee, Leeds
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