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New Lex 100 entrant and ‘claimant-only’ firm Leigh Day undertakes ‘ground-breaking and wholly unique work’, often with a human rights or public interest slant. Trainees respect the firm for it is ‘not afraid to push boundaries and take on large multinational corporations, domestically or abroad’. Interestingly, the firm operates a two-seat training contract which ‘allows you to gain much more experience in each rotation’. Whilst we are reassured that ‘the breadth of work covered is still extensive’, ‘having only two seats can make it difficult when qualifying’ and can also lead to a ‘variation in training’. On the bright side, ‘working on a multi-million pound cerebral palsy case’, ‘visiting a client in prison and agreeing a plan of action’ and ‘being complimented by a judge for my work in preparing a case’ were memorable experiences for trainees. It is easy to see why recruits feel ‘like a valued member of the team and ‘not just the trainee’ at Leigh Day. The firm has earned itself an impressive four Lex 100 Winner medals for job satisfaction, living up to expectations, work/life balance and social life. One trainee singled out the ‘anxiety of waiting to find out what my second seat would be’ as their worst moment. For another, it was ‘travelling from London to Southport to hand deliver Particulars of Claim for service’ which was the lowest point of their training experience so far. But one thing is clear, ‘you learn a lot very quickly’. If you think that taking on ‘interesting and important work that other firms don’t do’ in an environment where ‘the people are fun, dedicated and passionate’ will make you tick, consider Leigh Day.