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2019

"The hours in some teams are overly demanding and there's uncertainty around relocation at each trainee rotation."
First year trainee, Glasgow
"Sometimes you have to work long hours and your workload can be a bit unpredictable. This does depend on what department you are based in."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"The pay does not necessarily reflect the ability of its lawyers or the quality of its clients and work."
Second year trainee, London
"Trainee tasks can be pretty menial and repetitive."
Second year trainee, Edinburgh
"I've not had much client contact at my level as so much work for clients is done remotely so many of Pinsent's clients are international."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"Given the size of the firm, the seat planning process is quite complex."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"There is quite a lot to take in at the start with all the IT systems etc."
First year trainee, Belfast

2018

"You don't get to see colleagues from other offices much when working on cross-office work."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"The firm is slightly behind the curve in terms of financial remuneration in comparison to its City competitors."
Second year trainee, London
"Some trainee seats are in quite small teams so your work can be less varied."
First year trainee, Manchester
"The IT systems can sometimes be difficult."
First year trainee, Leeds
"I think there are too many networking and corporate events that trainees are required to attend."
First year trainee, Belfast
"There are inevitably long hours at times and the office can get crowded due to agile working."
First year trainee, London

2017

"Regional pay could be slightly more in line with the London lawyers."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"Because we don't have a propensity to work all of the hours in the day, we're paid accordingly. This means that we're some way behind our peers in terms of pay."
Second year trainee, London
"The lack of international secondments."
First year trainee, Leeds
"There is a high chance of having to do two property seats in the Birmingham office."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"There's a lack of international secondments and the quality of your experience can vary a lot depending on your department."
Second year trainee, London
"The expectation to work a lot longer than your contracted hours, though this is the same for any big corporate law firm!"
First year trainee, Birmingham
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