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One Small Change


"Greater visibility, where possible, of the bigger picture and what’s coming down the road in terms of transactions (allowing some forward planning), career development and the direction of the office."
"I'd like to see more transparency and to be informed sooner about seat changes."
"More regular formal feedback sessions between seniors and trainees. It'd be good for training and development to be discussed in a more structured manner."
"Greater control over where we spend our seat abroad when possible."


"Slightly more formal mentoring."
First year trainee, London
"The secondment was always flagged as an opportunity to spend a seat abroad in one of our overseas offices. However, it turned out to be only half a seat."
Second year trainee, London (currently seconded to Hong Kong)
"More transparency regarding how seats are selected, when mid-seat and end-of-seat reviews take place and when the secondments occur."
First year trainee, London
"More comprehensive feedback."
First year trainee, London


"A few more associate- or partner-led training sessions would be highly useful."
Second year trainee, London
"Bring back cookie sandwiches."
Second year trainee, London
"It would be amazing to have post-qualification leave."
First year trainee, London
"It would be really good to have some post-qualification leave."
First year trainee, London
"Better IT systems."
Second year trainee, Melbourne


"I would like to have more training right at the beginning of the training contract about admin/IT related matters. Though you do pick this up over time though so not essential."
Second year trainee,
"In my opinion, there could always be more firm run social events."
First year trainee,
"I think the firm should split the secondments so that trainees are sent away in equal batches, rather than going from eight to four (as all 2nd year trainees go away at the same time). Sending two each at a time would lead to better continuity and more manageable workflows."
First year trainee,


"More coordination between associates in terms of assigning work to trainees to make our work-flow more balanced."
First year trainee, London
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