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Kennedys - a different perspective

Pluses

2019

"The early opportunities to work with clients, the range of work, the people and the environment. The firm is big enough to get good work but also small enough to not feel like you are out-numbered. The insurance focus and the recent rapid expansion have been great and I like the client secondment opportunities."
First year trainee, London
"My experience has largely been that you are given as much responsibility as you are able to cope with as soon as you show you are able to. From a very early stage you can be involved with running your own files and there is a strong focus on developing your skills and capabilities as a lawyer, rather than being there just to make the tea."
First year trainee, London
"The people are all very friendly. There's a good work/life balance with opportunities for secondments. We get plenty of opportunities to socialise with clients' other lawyers and the partners. There's also exposure to high-quality and engaging work."
Second year trainee, London
"The work/life balance is exceptional. There is no culture of staying late in the office and you are not expected to stay late unless you really need to. Supervisors are approachable and friendly and you get real exposure to cases from the outset. I have been given a lot of responsibility, with appropriate guidance, in the teams I have been in so far and my legal skills have developed as a result."
First year trainee, Manchester
"The culture and people within the teams. It is a very supportive firm and there is much interaction between the more senior fee earners, junior fee earners, secretaries and business services. This is helped by the open-plan layout."
First year trainee, London
"Very friendly and approachable colleagues at all levels when considering the size of the firm. The level of support is excellent. All partners and associates provide trainees with guidance and encouragement and there is a genuine effort to ensure the trainees progress and do well. The work assigned to the trainees adds value to the matters worked on and my work is extremely interesting for the majority of the time."
Second year trainee, London

2018

"The high calibre of work, clients and colleagues."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"Getting exposure to high-quality work, opportunities for client engagement and having approachable and friendly supervisors and partners."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"Managing to maintain a good work/life balance."
First year trainee, London
"It's a truly global firm so you get to do work with a number of international offices."
Second year trainee, London
"The personability, approachability and team spirit of the firm."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Kennedys is a welcoming and friendly place to work. I've had the benefit of some very helpful supervisors who are very keen to see junior colleagues develop and progress. The work that I've carried out is very interesting for the most part and the further I've worked through my training contract, the more responsibility I have been given. I work on tasks that are actually integral to the management of a claim rather than carrying out glorified admin. The work/life balance is better than can be expected at other City firms."
Second year trainee, London

2017

"My team are all extremely friendly, supportive and intelligent. There is real camaraderie and everyone is always willing to help one another out."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"The client secondments and variety of training are great. You also get exposure to multimillion pound claims and recognition for your contributions to them."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"People here are generally nice to work with and they care about your learning and development. They are also extremely good at what they do."
First year trainee, London
"The working hours and quality of the work."
First year trainee, London
"People are generally friendly and willing to help. HR are also approachable and the hours have been better than some peers have experienced at other firms."
First year trainee, London
"Really good working hours and environment."
First year trainee, London
"Getting exposure to high-value and complex cases from a wide array of clients."
First year trainee,
"The people and the variety of work you get exposed to as a trainee."
First year trainee, London

2016

"Kennedys has really interesting work and is involved in lots of high-profile cases and issues. The solicitors and partners are incredibly knowledgeable and very good at what they do. It's a good place to work and allows for a good work/life balance."
First year trainee, London
"Great hands-on contact with a high volume of cases. There are a lot of opportunities ranging from drafting documents to attending conferences and court appearances. You're provided with a lot of responsibility very early on in your first seats as well as a lot of client contact. Within my first two months I had attended trials and several conferences with counsel, obtained and drafted witness statements, gone before a master to make applications and independently attended a case management conference."
First year trainee, London
"The people and the high level and notable clients and cases you have the opportunity to work on."
First year trainee, London
"The people. Kennedys is full of quality lawyers who are always happy to help and provide you with challenging work from the start."
First year trainee, London
"Kennedys is an international firm that gives you substantial responsibility from day one. On joining Kennedys, I quickly became involved in a range of matters and gained great experience across several industries along the way."
First year trainee, Manchester
"High-quality work and a good level of responsibility and supervision as well as very reasonable hours compared with other firms."
First year trainee, London
"The camaraderie and strong sense of teamwork. Colleagues are always ready and willing to help one another."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"The quality of work and responsibility delegated to trainees."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"There is a laid back and supportive atmosphere to work in."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"The people are a real plus."
First year trainee, London
"The encouragement to take on responsibility and the support given when doing so is a real plus."
First year trainee, London
"The instructions are high-quality and high-level."
Second year trainee, London
"The people and the culture are both positive aspects."
Second year trainee, London
"The work is interesting, and I have good work/life balance with nice people."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"The variation of work is great."
First year trainee, London
"The working environment is very enjoyable."
First year trainee, Chelmsford

2014

"The atmosphere - most people, are very approachable and willing to answer any queries you may have!"
Second year trainee, London
"Good quality work, approachable colleagues and a friendly environment."
Second year trainee, London
"The quality of work you get for a first seat, first year trainee is great. You are given responsibility straight away and hit the ground running."
First year trainee, London
"We have an open-plan office so you basically learn just from being here. I overhear senior solicitors and partners discussing strategy all the time and also chatting to clients on the phone. I have picked up a lot of practical knowledge and soft skills from being so close to the senior people. You also get given a lot of responsibility."
First year trainee, London
"Friendly people, great supervision and training as a trainee. We also have great exposure to a variety of work and clients."
Second year trainee, London
"A genuinely friendly and open culture and trainees are not expected to work ridiculous hours, but are given excellent work and responsibility."
Second year trainee, London
"I get a lot of freedom to deal with my own case load."
First year trainee, Taunton
"The quality of work I have received as a first year is very high. The cases and subject matter are incredibly interesting and the firm clearly places an emphasis to fee-earners on the importance of training. As the firm does mostly defendant work there is very limited trial bundle preparation which all trainees will appreciate as a massive positive."
First year trainee, London
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