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"I think some (not the majority) of the qualified solicitors and partners forget that being a trainee makes you feel quite vulnerable and that it can be a challenging time, even for very confident people. I think it would be an improvement if people could receive training on how to deal with trainees to improve their confidence."
"More structured guidelines for the tasks to complete in each seat to ensure you've had a broad experience."
"A greater effort to be green."
"A wider range of seat choices for regional offices."
"More interaction between trainees across offices. It can be difficult if you are a regional trainee in an office by yourself."
"More contact with HR to discuss training options and feedback."
"Improve technology. All fee earners should have laptops to make agile working and working from home easier."


"Have less training in the London office as it feels a lot more hands-on when it's in your actual office."
First year trainee, Basingstoke
"Outline what we should expect to experience during the seat, such as the tasks we will need to complete and the partners we will need to work with in order to gain a thorough grounding in that particular area of law."
First year trainee, London
"Bring back the monthly trainee training sessions."
Second year trainee, Surrey
"Bring trainees and the rest of the firm together for more social events."
First year trainee, Guildford
"More supervision and assistance in certain seats."
Second year trainee, Reading
"A bonus on starting for those who have achieved highly on the legal practice course but didn't have it funded by the firm."
First year trainee, Guildford
"Oxford salaries to match London salaries."
First year trainee, Oxford


"I would like to see more flexibility over locations would allow for greater choice in terms of seats."
Second year trainee, Oxford
"I would like more opportunities to meet the trainees from other offices."
Second year trainee, Guildford


"There is not always a lot of communication surrounding seat changes and dates."
Second year trainee, London
"I would personally like there to be a stronger mentor system."
First year trainee, London
"Wages could be a little higher for me."
Second year trainee, Guildford
"More lunch facilities would always be nice, although there is still space to take lunch with others."
Second year trainee, Oxford
"I would have liked for the trainees to kept slightly better informed on the learning and development side of things."
Second year trainee, Guildford


"Higher pay."
Second year trainee, London
"I would move the office closer to the town centre."
Second year trainee, Basingstoke
"More socialising!"
Newly qualified solicitor, Basingstoke
"A guaranteed NQ position."
Second year trainee, London
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