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A ‘mixture of regional, national and international work’ is available to aspiring solicitors who join Eversheds Sutherland. The firm has offices in a host of UK locations including London, Birmingham, Nottingham and Leeds, as well as a ‘large network of international offices’ which trainees relish being seconded to. Indeed, the firm has earned a Lex 100 Winner medal for its international secondments which recruits say are ‘amazing experiences’. As far as day-to-day training goes, trainees engage in a variety of matters as ‘supervisors get you involved in the work they’re doing’. ‘There is a focus on the development of great lawyers rather than just giving trainees admin tasks’. A ‘friendly and approachable’ vibe is what characterises the office atmosphere of Eversheds and trainees appreciate ‘the kindness of the lawyers’ they work with, the ‘flat hierarchy’ and ‘culture of inclusiveness’. Issues of contention were the working hours which are sometimes ‘just as long as those at larger City firms’, trainee remuneration, and the IT systems which are ‘not up to date’. The ‘lack of internal communications from HR’ also annoyed trainees; they complained that getting ‘basic information and sorting out seat rotations’ could sometimes be a fraught experience. Some recruits were displeased with the lack of ‘camaraderie between trainees’, but this is likely to vary from cohort to cohort. Highlights from the traineeship included ‘taking part in many of the firm’s CSR initiatives’, ‘providing direct support to witnesses and guiding them through the process’, ‘running a £150m completion meeting’ and of course, ‘having champagne after closing a large corporate deal’. To work with ‘talented lawyers’ as part of a ‘highly-renowned, international law firm’, apply to join Eversheds Sutherland.