How would you rate the quality of work you are given?

Firm Score (/10)
Blaser Mills 9.34
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 9.13
Foot Anstey 9.04
Farrer & Co 9.04
EMW Law LLP 9.03
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP 9.03
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld 9.02
Payne Hicks Beach 8.97
Osborne Clarke LLP 8.91
Hodge Jones & Allen LLP 8.90
Sidley Austin LLP 8.89
Forbes Solicitors 8.87
Gateley Plc 8.84
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP 8.83
Michelmores LLP 8.83
Cartmell Shepherd 8.80
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP 8.79
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP 8.75
Royds Withy King 8.74
Freeths LLP 8.73
Burges Salmon LLP 8.73

Of all the factors to consider when choosing a training contract, work quality is key. Thankfully, tales of trainees chained to photocopiers for months on end are a thing of the past due to strict training guidelines for solicitors, but that said, firms do vary considerable in the type and amount of work given to trainees.

Earning top spot in this category, Blaser Mills provides ‘excellent opportunities to develop and grow both professionally and personally’. At runner-up Debevoise & Plimpton ‘trainees get involved and take a lead with certain work streams’ and the work is ‘interesting and sophisticated’. Foot Anstey’s trainees ‘aren't just a number and get to play a vital role in transactions’, while the current intake at Farrer & Co has ‘more exposure to wider transactions and clients’.

A trainee at EMW Law has ‘the opportunity to run my own files and get involved in a lot of high profile, nitty-gritty work’, and trainees at US firms Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld report that ‘most work requires actual thought and intelligent drafting’ and ‘there is a steep learning curve, but it's incredibly rewarding’, respectively.

Payne Hicks Beach scores highly for its ‘better quality of work’; Osborne Clarke gives trainees ‘plenty of responsibility and exciting projects to handle’; and at Hodge Jones & Allen the ‘quality of work is extremely high’.