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2019

"Give more exposure to teams across offices so that there's more opportunity for a greater breadth of work rather than matters confined to your own office."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"Offer a slightly bigger budget for trainee socials please."
First year trainee, London
"Change from four seats to six seats."
First year trainee, Guildford
"Easier movement between offices for a greater choice of seats."
Second year trainee,
"I think that the firm should be more communicative with both prospective and current trainees. I remember that I didn't hear much from the firm until very close to the start of my training contract. Informing us of seat rotations can also get left late too."
Second year trainee, Oxford
"Organise more trainee-focused socials. Other than that, it's pretty spot on."
First year trainee, Basingstoke/Reading

2017

"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."
Basingstoke
"More structured guidelines for the tasks to complete in each seat to ensure you've had a broad experience."
London
"A greater effort to be green."
London
"A wider range of seat choices for regional offices."
Oxford
"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."
Basingstoke
"Improve technology. All fee earners should have laptops to make agile working and working from home easier."
London

2016

"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

2015

"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
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