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Satisfaction with Work

7.9 / 10

(based on 19 ratings in 2019)


"I have been involved in some really interesting work and, as I've got further through my training contract, I've had more responsibility and have been able to do things such as free drafting and running client calls. Some of the work as a trainee can be a bit administrative but this varies between departments."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"Throughout my training contract I have been given responsibility and have been challenged above my pay grade. This is all the more pleasing given that the matters I have worked on have largely been very high profile."
Second year trainee, London
"In my current position, which is a contentious department, the quality of the work very much varies. I have been given incredible amounts of responsibility including drafting, client contact and deep involvement, but I have also been given very menial and tedious tasks such as bundling and searching for exhibits/documentary evidence. This means the quality very much depends on what is going on at the moment. I have enjoyed the work overall though."
First year trainee, Manchester
"You are given the opportunity to get involved with pretty much everything, so no two days are the same. I get a lot of helpful feedback straight away too."
First year trainee, Belfast
"I am satisfied with the work assigned to me. My workload varies day to day and the volume of work varies depending on what department I am in."
Second year trainee, Belfast


"I am very satisfied with the quality of the work I am assigned in my current seat. On a typical day I have various technical research tasks to carry out that are worthwhile as I incorporate my findings into an advice note that then gets sent out to clients. I have to draft various documents such as things relating to GDPR, deeds of appointment/removal and variation agreements on a regular basis. I enjoy getting involved in the deep technical aspects of pension law."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"The work can be very dependent on the team and whether or not they're busy, how much work they have that is trainee appropriate and how many new qualifiers and juniors there are. My experience has generally been that team members make a big effort to involve you in what they can. Sometimes the work can be bordering on the administrative but I get a sense that this is what happens across the board when it comes to finding tasks for trainees. I've had some really substantial meaty pieces of work too, and these are great to work on."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"In my first seat I was given new qualifier-level work and responsibility. This included large amounts of client contact and work that genuinely stretched my abilities. Support is always present so the level of work is not inappropriate or overly daunting."
First year trainee, London
"The work is generally of a great quality and I'm given enough responsibility to be challenged without being overwhelmed."
Second year trainee, Edinburgh
"I'm very satisfied. All trainee roles (and more senior roles) involve a level of menial tasks but I find these are generally few and far between and I am given responsibility for taking on a good level of client-facing work and drafting etc."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"The quality of work can vary massively between departments. At the moment I do a lot of research, produce client notes and gain internal knowhow due to working in a changing area of law. I am also taking the lead role on a large project for a key client (keeping client costs down), which means that I'm getting a good amount of responsibility and client contact."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"The responsibility levels are generally high, although this can be hit or miss depending on the department. I have a vital role in underpinning the deal team and bridging workstreams and practice areas."
Second year trainee, London
"I get given a variety of tasks from researching and drafting to project management and forming advice notes. I also get exposure to a number of regular client calls and meetings."
First year trainee, Manchester


"I'm very satisfied. I get a variety of work from all team members and have had a lot of client exposure."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"This varied from department to department. A lot of what I did in some departments was business development, horizon watching and client investment. However, I was really satisfied with the quality of work I was given and the level of responsibility I was trusted with in other departments."
Second year trainee, London
"I have been more satisfied with the quality as I've progressed during my traineeship. I have been involved in a number of good-quality matters with good client contact and been given the opportunity to demonstrate my knowledge."
Second year trainee, Glasgow
"The work given to trainees at Pinsent Masons is of a very high standard. While there are always some tasks that aren't the most intellectually stimulating, the firm tries to keep these to a minimum and encourages trainees to put themselves out there to get as much interesting work as possible."
First year trainee, London
"The quality of the work I have been assigned has vastly improved as my training contract has progressed. I now manage my own contracts (with supervision) and attend client negotiations on my own. I can really see the difference in the value that I add. I still do the odd bit of proofreading but now it's nice and more like down time."
Second year trainee, London
"I am sitting with the corporate department at the moment and I get involved in a variety of trainee tasks such as drafting ancillary documents, undertaking company searches and completing research tasks. However, I have also had the opportunity to attend a disclosure meeting, run a client signing meeting on my own and sit in on client calls."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"The work I've been given in my traineeship so far has made me feel as though I am a valued member of the team. I work with various members within my department, assisting them in any work required for case management."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"The level of work varies greatly but rest assured that you will get to see a little bit of everything if you are willing to put yourself out there. It's unavoidable that you will be stood by the printer creating bundles on some days, but the team appreciates the time it takes to put bundles together and you could be assisting with drafting key documents or sitting in on a mediation the next day."
First year trainee, Leeds
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