How would you rate your amount of client contact?

FirmScore (/100)
Hodge Jones & Allen LLP 92.8
Devonshires Solicitors LLP 91.9
Fladgate LLP 91.3
Duncan Lewis Solicitors 91.2
Blaser Mills Law 90.2
Withers LLP 89.7
Forbes Solicitors 89.5
Kingsley Napley LLP 89.0
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP 88.3
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton 87.6
Payne Hicks Beach 87.4
Woodfines LLP 86.8
Stephens Scown LLP 86.2
Trethowans LLP 86.1
Mills & Reeve 86.0
Bevan Brittan LLP 85.8
Charles Russell Speechlys 85.6
Shoosmiths LLP 85.6
Cripps LLP 85.4
Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP 85.1

Interacting with clients is something that qualified solicitors do on a daily basis, so it’s understandable that trainees want to get as much experience as possible. Client contact affords them the opportunity to build relationships with the people they’re advising and to understand client needs. Some firms are better than others at providing their trainees with opportunities for client contact. New recruits at Hodge Jones & Allen have had the opportunity to ‘conduct meetings as the sole representative from the firm – this high level of responsibility is fantastic’. Kingsley Napley recruits get to ‘meet really interesting clients’ and are on occasion put in charge of dealing with their case. Blaser Mills trainees are the ‘first port of call’ for clients and are ‘involved in meeting, emailing and calling them’. Those at Forbes Solicitors get ‘plenty of exposure to clients’ and Duncan Lewis recruits are similarly ‘very involved and hands-on’. At Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy ‘associates get trainees involved in substantive aspects of matters’. Those training at Fladgate have plenty of ‘opportunities to get involved with client facing work and complex legal issues’. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton rookies ‘do interesting drafting tasks and have client contact (both on calls and attending meetings)’, and capable trainees can ‘lead client calls independently in a foreign language’.