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‘A regional firm with a broad range of practice areas’, Reading-headquartered Pitmans also has offices in London and Southampton. ‘Prestige’ and a ‘good reputation’ in its local areas motivated the current trainees to apply to the firm. ‘The culture and size are perfect for what I was looking for’, said one recruit. Respondents are ‘more involved in transactions and given more responsibility’ than peers at some other firms, for example ‘handling a matter from start to finish’, and ‘attending a hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice for an interesting inheritance matter’. To top it all off, trainees enjoy a ‘great level of supervision’ by friendly colleagues, especially partners. Indeed, ‘you can walk into any Pitmans office and ask a question if you are unsure of anything’. Recruits enjoy a ‘better work/life balance’ and a ‘more relaxed environment’ but that’s not to say that they don’t have their share of tough moments. ‘Having to find another barrister at the last minute before the deadline’, ‘running to court with bundles’ and ‘having to stay very late to rectify a mistake’ were stressful moments, but all part of the learning curve. A secondment to a ‘large American IT company’ stood out to one respondent who relished observing ‘how an in-house legal team operates at such an early stage of my career’. Unfortunately, there is a perceived ‘lack of organisation and transparency when it comes to training seats’, as well as uncertainty as to whether trainees will be offered a position at the end of the training contract. But ‘people are recognised for hard work’ and ‘everyone is treated fairly’ at Pitmans. So start researching now if this sounds good to you.