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The partners at DMH Stallard have ‘a good sense of humour’ which makes the office a pleasant place to be for trainee solicitors – ‘I get a genuine sense from the managing partner that he is people-focused and this clearly filters through the organisation’ says one new recruit. That the firm also has a ‘good local reputation’ pleased newcomers keen to train with a well-respected firm in the South East. Trainees at DMH Stallard benefit from a ‘well-rounded training contract which stands them in good stead for both internal and external recruitment’. Recruits are ‘trusted to run small matters’ on their own and some of their favourite moments came from instances such as when they ‘assisted on a test case brought to the appeal court connected to business rates relief’ – it was a ‘fantastic learning experience’. Times when ‘partners actively seek to include trainees in their work’ is appreciated by many of the firm’s aspiring solicitors. However, it’s not all high-level tasks for new recruits; ‘four solid weeks of compiling completion bibles for the corporate team’ and ‘being asked to do typing’ was ‘excruciatingly tedious’ for a handful of respondents. ‘The late notice of where we will be based in the next seat, sometimes not confirmed until days before the move’ distressed recruits, as did their salary and the ‘attitude of support staff’. As far as CSR goes, the firm engages in a few activities such as ‘sponsoring the negotiating and client interviewing competition at Sussex and Brighton University’. If training at a ‘growing firm’ with a healthy work/life balance is important to you, apply to DMH Stallard.