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Woodfines is a ‘regional firm with great aspirations’. From its bases in Bedfordshire, Cambridge and Milton Keynes, the firm offers a ‘comprehensive range of legal services’ and possesses a ‘friendly and approachable nature’. There is a ‘better work/life balance’ than at some larger firms; although ‘the firm expects you to work hard and rewards you for doing so, it does not expect you to work until the late or even early hours of the morning’. A ‘great amount of client contact and responsibility’ is given to the small intake who also benefit from a ‘fantastic support system’ and regular mentoring. Woodfines is a five-time Lex 100 Winner this year. Worst moments were few and far between but included ‘making mistakes on draft letters’ and ‘locating disbursement invoices from old legal aid files’. On a positive note, ‘everybody in the firm is incredibly approachable and will more often than not go above and beyond if you need assistance or advice’. Some respondents felt that ‘the salary could be higher’, whilst for others the main problem was the firm’s technology, which is perceived to be ‘behind the times’. The trainee intake being spread over several locations also leads to ‘a fractured social life’. ‘Attending several court hearings and mediations with colleagues and counsel’ was a clear highlight. More generally, trainees appreciate ‘feeling like a valued member of the team and being involved in all matters, no matter how big the case or the client: you are always able to be hands-on with work’. If a firm which is ‘supportive without being overbearing, allowing you to develop your own style’ sounds up your street, research Woodfines.