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2019

"The transparency over seat allocation should be better."
Second year trainee, London
"More flexibility over seat choices. The current system is designed much more around administrative workability than getting trainees into the departments they want to do."
First year trainee, London
"More flexibility in terms of seat choices, new groupings make it harder to choose the path of your own training contract."
First year trainee, London
"I'd like better feedback and an indication of how you are progressing in each seat."
Second year trainee, London
"Create more instances where trainees work together on deals and matters because we learn so much from seeing how another person at our level works and it gives us more opportunities to discuss things among ourselves, which helps our understanding without having to bother more senior people."
Second year trainee, London
"Balancing out the workload for trainees. It can be very frustrating having a quiet day with very little to do followed by a hectic day where you can't keep on top of your to-do list and emails followed immediately by a quiet day."
First year trainee, London
"A chance to go on secondment to an international office would be great."
First year trainee, London
"It would be nice to be able to have complete freedom with seat choices rather than having to pick one from four different groups for each seat, but I understand that this wouldn't be entirely practical."
First year trainee, London

2018

"Tell us about our change in seats in advance. We currently choose our next seat around three months into our current one and it can sometimes take quite a while to find out where we are going."
First year trainee, London
"Greater transparency on seat allocations."
First year trainee, London

2017

"Encourage trainees to delegate more to support staff."
First year trainee, London
"More transparency around seat rotations."
Second year trainee, London
"Permit people to do a second seat in a department they have already sat in."
Second year trainee, London
"More visibility on seat choices and allocations."
Second year trainee, London
"More training early on or bring in new technology to make the drudge tasks of rolling out share certificates and loan notes etc much quicker and less arduous."
Second year trainee, London
"I would allow trainees to get involved in more pro bono work."
First year trainee, London
"It would be good to have more opportunities to meet with partners in an informal setting."
First year trainee, London

2016

"Provide greater transparency as to the steps needed to be taken to make partner."
First year trainee, London
"Perhaps a broader commitment to extra activities and pro bono. You often see the same people organising and attending things."
First year trainee, London
"Better feedback from supervisors on a more regular basis."
First year trainee, Macfarlanes LLP
"Higher trainee salary; and the prospect of higher salaries for associates."
First year trainee, London
"Give feedback more consistently."
First year trainee, London
"Secondments abroad."
First year trainee, London
"Increase trainee pay."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"More control over which seats we do would be ideal."
Second year trainee, London
"I believe that the seat rotation rules should be changed."
First year trainee, London
"Having six four-month seats instead of four six-month seats would be an improvement."
Second year trainee, London
"No secondment would be an improvement, in my opinion."
Second year trainee, London
"Personally I believe that more secondment opportunities would be ideal."
Second year trainee, London
"More drafting exercises for trainees would improve the experience."
First year trainee, London
"A change would be to have more skills-based workshops for trainees, such as on negotiation, public speaking and drafting."
First year trainee, London
"I feel that there should be better appraisal schemes and feedback along the way."
First year trainee, London
"A little more structure would be beneficial to trainees."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"There could be more flexibility regarding seat choices."
First year trainee, London
"In my opinion there could be a more effective principal/mentoring system, as some trainees rarely use their principal as a point of contact."
Second year trainee, London
"I would like to have an international opportunity/secondment."
Second year trainee, London
"I think that not making certain seats compulsory could be useful."
Second year trainee, London
"I would like there to be a better work/life balance."
Second year trainee, London
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