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Weightmans is a ‘regional firm which has a similar ethos to an international firm but without the corporate, sterile feel’. Several respondents mentioned working at the firm as paralegals prior to commencing their training contract and being given the opportunity to undertake client secondments during this time. This was a ‘great opportunity to see issues from a client perspective’. A ‘friendly and inclusive environment’ pervades the firm, something which some of the trainees sampled on the firm’s Lex 100 winning vacation scheme. Recruits appreciate ‘working with approachable and supportive partners’, who foster an environment where budding lawyers can ask questions, enabling them to ‘develop further’. The proactive are rewarded at Weightmans: ‘as long as you are happy to learn and step out of your comfort zone, you are able to be involved in anything’, with some trainees reporting being ‘given qualified solicitor-level work’. Recruits are less happy about the salary, which some consider ‘not competitive in today’s market’ and noted that ‘sometimes there can be poor communication between management and staff’. Best moments include ‘running an inquest with counsel without supervision from the client partner, ‘going to the Royal Courts of Justice for a ten-day trial’ and ‘being involved in a huge, complex and interesting real estate project’. Not all work is as exciting though: ‘being asked to clear a client balance of 1p’ and ‘taking documents to clients or to court’ were much more mundane tasks expected of the new joiners. ‘Quiet days with not much work’ were not very enjoyable either. But if ‘working with great people’ at a firm with a ‘well-managed training programme’ sounds good to you, research Weightmans.