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Browne Jacobson has experienced ‘impressive growth’ in recent years and has managed to retain a ‘friendly, open culture’. The firm has an ‘excellent reputation’ for public sector work’, but recruits also get exposure to work involving private clients. ‘Leading a successful, all-parties conference call and achieving the result the client wanted’ and ‘preparing for and attending a complex interlocutory hearing with Counsel’ were satisfying moments. Indeed, it is having this ‘good level of responsibility’ that pleased many of the firm’s recruits. One trainee felt, however, that other firms ‘invest more in training their trainees in the classroom sense, whereas the focus here is on-the-job training – I fear this may lead to us lacking in technical ability’. On the whole though, the training experience was praised, the firm correspondingly receiving a Lex 100 Winner medal for job satisfaction, quality of work, social life and vacation scheme. Respondents applauded the firm’s social events (the ‘firm party in January’ being a particular highlight). Some new joiners complained about ‘HR and personnel procedures’ which they argue are ‘inefficient and disorganised’. That there was ‘not enough being done during induction to get you prepared for the work you will have to do’ also bothered some recruits – they want more ‘supervision and guidance’. There were also the usual protests about working ‘the occasional Sunday morning’ and having ‘deadlines in the run up to Christmas’. Nevertheless, Browne Jacobson provides trainees with a good work/life balance and the opportunity to experience a ‘variety of public and private sector work’ in ‘friendly offices’. If this sounds appealing, make sure you apply.