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From its offices in Bournemouth and Southbourne, Steele Raymond has an ‘excellent reputation for carrying out high-quality work’. The firm boasts a ‘wide range of practice areas’ and a variety of seats. Throughout the ‘very hands-on training contract’, recruits can look forward to ‘good exposure’ to a range of work and clients, with the ‘opportunity to run some of your own files’. Respondents were almost unanimous that Steele Raymond’s best attribute is its ‘welcoming and approachable people’ who make them feel as though ‘there is no such thing as a stupid question’. Indeed, for one trainee it was ‘the friendliness of everyone I have met along the way’ that encapsulated the firm. The salary left a bit to be desired though: ‘we are being paid less than trainees at other comparable firms’ and this is ‘despite the fact that the firm promotes itself as one of the best in the area’. At times there is also a ‘lack of administrative support’ which can make it ‘very difficult to juggle legal work with all the printing/copying/scanning and file opening that we have to do’. On a more positive note, work highlights included ‘going to court with counsel on a family matter’ and ‘having responsibility for my own file from start to finish. I learnt a lot.’ Another respondent enjoyed their seat in the private client department where the head of the team was described as ‘absolutely lovely’. To work at a firm which has ‘friendly people’ and a real ‘push for work/life balance’, take a closer look at Steele Raymond.