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2019

"The pay could be better aligned with other City firms."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a lack of clarity in the seat selection process and I have not yet been given a seat that I have chosen. There is a lack of connectivity between the trainees in the regional offices and the trainees in London. The regional trainees recently had to fight for funding for a social event based in the North as Kennedys prefers to send all trainees to London for events, resulting in half a day of work being lost and considerable expense to regional trainees."
First year trainee, Manchester
"It can be difficult for changes requested by more junior employees to filter up to the top."
First year trainee, London
"More could be done to invest in social activities within the teams. Information in relation to possible progression post-qualification with the firm could be provided."
Second year trainee, London
"As at any law firm, there can be periods of high workloads and therefore stress. The firm does not pay anything comparable to the magic circle and/or US firms, which is a shame considering Kennedys' position in the market."
Second year trainee, London
"Niche practice areas mean that it may not be the best fit for trainees who want exposure to a wide variety of work."
First year trainee, Cambridge

2018

"There can be a lack of opportunities to experience different departments."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"I've had a lack of responsibility when working in certain seats."
First year trainee, London
"It specialises heavily in insurance so it can be difficult to get work in other practice areas."
First year trainee, London
"The allocation of work can be uneven so there are times when I feel like I'm not needed."
Second year trainee, London
"Not all of the departments sit in all of the offices. This can mean there's a lack of options for seat rotations in some."
First year trainee, Manchester
"The pay is lower than I expected. There is a lack of transparency in the seat allocation process (some trainees seem to be able to get multiple seats in small teams while others never seem able to get these opportunities). Some of the supervisors are more junior and lack experience."
Second year trainee, London

2017

"Low pay and not having many impressive perks."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"Pay is not competitive for new qualifiers and above."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"The firm is expanding at a vast rate, which can mean less focus is given to existing employees."
First year trainee, London
"There's a lack of transparency around seats."
First year trainee, London
"Some teams can require you to do a lot of admin work."
Second year trainee, London
"Supervision and workloads can vary depending on who is your supervisor and which team you are in. Trainees do not generally get invited to events unless it is to assist someone."
First year trainee, London
"It is key to have an interest in insurance as the focus of the firm revolves around it."
First year trainee,
"Pay is low compared to similar firms."
First year trainee, London

2016

"The focus is very much on insurance and there are limited opportunities to work outside of this field (that said, insurance is very varied in itself)."
First year trainee, London
"A team's areas of expertise and work can be disjointed at times."
First year trainee, London
"There's a lot of administrative work. I know that this may be typical of most training contracts but you do sometimes end up doing a lot of admin and feeling that you could be doing more legal work, though it does differ between teams. There also aren't many social events tailored for employees – most of the events are client tailored."
First year trainee, London
"The level of trainee and new qualifier pay is low compared to more corporate firms (although still competitive for firms of the same size)."
Second year trainee, London
"There's a lack of transparency in some teams and not as many benefits as some other firms. The initial training before starting the training contract is minimal."
First year trainee, London
"The practice areas demand a high level of work and fast-paced turnover. It can be difficult to balance this while striving to produce work of a high calibre."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"There can be difficulty in getting your preferred seat."
Second year trainee, London
"New qualifier salaries differ a lot between insurance teams and liability teams."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"I feel that as a trainee I can lack responsibility at times."
First year trainee, London
"I feel that there could be more non-contentious work on offer."
Second year trainee, London
"Personally I feel that at times teams can seem to be totally separate entities."
First year trainee, London
"There could be further opportunities to experience different practice areas."
First year trainee, Chelmsford

2014

"There isn't a subsidised canteen."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a lack of transparency regarding seat moves."
Second year trainee, London
"The long hours can be difficult."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"The open-plan offices can sometimes be distracting but it's fine once you get used to it."
First year trainee, London
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