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Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard is a Lex 100 Winner in 2 categories: Quality of work, International secondments
Trainees flocked to Addleshaw Goddard to pursue ‘news-worthy work’ in a firm with a ‘very strong regional presence’ in Leeds, Manchester, Scotland, as well as London. The training is described as ‘involved and ambitious’ and recruits receive ‘substantial training from the firm at the beginning of every seat’ which allows them to ‘stay on top of what is happening or on the horizon in the legal and commercial world’. What’s more, ‘there is a lot of focus on legal technology’ at the firm. A Lex 100 Winner medal for quality of work is explained by the ‘unusual amount of drafting ...

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is a Lex 100 Winner in 4 categories: Job satisfaction, Firm living up to expectations, Financial remuneration, International secondments
Akin Gump’s ‘international transactional focus’, as well as its work in taxation, insolvency and the energy sector excited trainees. A smaller intake ensures that recruits get ‘a great deal more responsibility’ and are ‘required to use more initiative’ than some of their peers at comparable firms. Training is described as ‘more tailored and flexible’ and ‘monitoring by HR is definitely one of the best aspects of training at Akin Gump – your development is discussed in depth at monthly meetings, based on feedback from your supervisors’. It therefore comes as no surprise that the firm is a Lex 100 Winner in ...

Ashfords LLP

Ashfords LLP is a Lex 100 Winner in 3 categories: Job satisfaction, Firm living up to expectations, Work/life balance
Providing the ‘perfect balance’, Ashfords allows trainees to ‘enjoy a south west lifestyle, whilst still offering a national full-service work base and high-quality clients’. The firm also has an office in London. There is a ‘supportive learning environment’, which translates into a ‘very good working atmosphere’ where everything is ‘very much a team effort with none of the work hoarding and dog-eat-dog environment of some City firms’. All things considered, the firm is a deserving Lex 100 Winner for work/life balance, job satisfaction and living up to trainee expectations. ‘Ambitious and innovative’, Ashfords trainees are afforded high levels of responsibility ‘...

Ashurst

Ashurst is a Lex 100 Winner in 1 category: International secondments
‘First-class work across a range of different practice areas’ gives Ashurst its edge. The City outfit’s ‘reputation as a friendlier firm’, showcased during the vacation scheme and interview process, made trainees certain that Ashurst was the place for them. The ‘down-to-earth vibe’ manifests itself in the form of an ‘open-door policy for everyone, no matter how senior’ and ‘great supervisors who are willing to teach you and guide you through mistakes’. Moreover, ‘high-quality work’ and ‘a great deal of in-depth training at the start of each seat’ helped trainees feel comfortable and challenged in equal measure. Ashurst’s ‘international ...

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP is a Lex 100 Winner in 3 categories: Vacation schemes, Inclusiveness, International secondments
Baker McKenzie’s ‘recent growth in transactional practices’ in particular excited many respondents. In addition to the ‘international capabilities, exciting clients and high-quality transactional work’, the global firm’s feedback was littered with praise for its commitment to diversity and inclusion. These are ‘not just buzzwords but a cultural ethos that everyone believes in’, which explains the firm’s Lex 100 Winner medal in the inclusiveness category. Impressively, Baker McKenzie has earned a further two Lex 100 Winner gongs in the vacation scheme and international secondments arenas. Indeed, ‘a three-month secondment to Hong Kong’ was singled out as a best moment, with ...

Bates Wells

Bates Wells is revered for its ‘focus on social impact’. Trainees report meeting ‘down-to- earth, approachable and normal people’ during the recruitment process, which assured them that ‘they could really fit in’ at the firm. There is a ‘unique level of charity law work’ on offer at Bates Wells and respondents appreciated being given ‘high levels of responsibility early on’, going so far as to say they ‘started doing work that actually mattered from very early on into the first seat’. ‘Assisting on an urgent, high-profile court case that also went to the Court of Appeal’ was a clear highlight ...

BDB Pitmans

‘An interesting spread of work’, including a ‘good reputation in the field of planning law’ and a ‘specialism in private client and family law’, attracted trainees to recently-merged BDB Pitmans. The modest size of the firm ‘warrants higher levels of responsibility and client contact’ where the tasks given to trainees ‘actually add value, i.e. they are more than just bundling and photocopying’! Recruits ‘work closely with partners’ who offer trainees ‘excellent exposure to varied cases and clients’. Following the merger between Bircham Dyson Bell and Pitmans, some respondents felt that there was some ‘ambiguity regarding the training programme and ...

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP is a Lex 100 Winner in 1 category: Work/life balance
Bevan Brittan’s ‘strong client base in the public sector’, in particular its ‘reputation and experience in the health industry’ was a clear draw for trainees. Almost all respondents referred to the ‘approachable partners and supervisors’ with whom they share office space and who are ‘keen to help you meet your training objectives’. This helps considerably with ‘building up confidence’. A Lex 100 Winner gong has been awarded to Bevan Brittan for its work/life balance. Thanks to the national firm’s sector specialism, fee earners have ‘considerable expertise’ and trainees are given the opportunity to ‘undertake high-quality work for some ...

Birketts LLP

Birketts ‘focuses on growing trainees into well-rounded lawyers’ whilst offering ‘exposure to large clients and a good level of responsibility’. The ‘inclusive, friendly workplace’ was often mentioned, in particular the ‘welcoming and friendly teams’. Many encountered ‘people I could imagine working with’ during the vacation scheme, which cemented their decision to join. There are ‘real opportunities to progress’ at the East Anglian firm, with trainees lauding the fact that Birketts is ‘supportive of your aspirations’ and that ‘people care about your career progression’. The result is that recruits feel ‘free to ask questions’, with which ‘most people are very happy ...

Blaser Mills Law

Blaser Mills Law is a Lex 100 Winner in 2 categories: Quality of work, Client contact
With a ‘strong commercial presence throughout Buckinghamshire and the surrounding area’, Blaser Mills is an obvious choice for those seeking a Home Counties firm. The firm ‘came across as highly personable and flexible on the assessment day’. ‘Trainees aren’t hidden away’ at Blaser Mills, instead they are ‘encouraged to meet with clients and are often a client’s first port of call’. Indeed, ‘supervisors are very keen to give responsibility where earned’. Encouragingly, Blaser Mills ‘sees trainees as potential future partners’, the effect of which is that they ‘do not feel like a small cog in a big machine’. ...

Brabners LLP

A ‘great reputation in the north west’ and an ‘excellent name for training and the quality of work it receives’ encapsulates Brabners. Several respondents mentioned previous employment or work experience at the firm as a driver for joining as a trainee. The hands-on training is ‘organised and structured, with support being provided at every opportunity’. One of the best things about the firm is the ‘variety of interesting work and clients; one day you can be acting for a multi-million pound, multi-national company and the next a small local charity’. There are secondment opportunities too: ‘spending time at a large ...

Bristows LLP

Bristows LLP is a Lex 100 Winner in 2 categories: Social life, Approachability
An ‘expertise in intellectual property, the guarantee of a seat in patent litigation and a specialism in the life science and technology sectors’ all make Bristows stand out from the crowd. An ‘inquisitive and almost geeky atmosphere’ pervades the firm and some trainees found the ‘high percentage of scientists’ employed by Bristows particularly alluring. Recruits ‘do more than just the usual trainee jobs’, including ‘leading the negotiation of a data processing agreement’ and ‘attending a meeting with senior counsel and business management at the headquarters of a major corporation after a data incident’. This is the result of having ‘much ...

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP is a Lex 100 Winner in 3 categories: Social life, Vacation schemes, Confident of being kept on
Bristol-based Burges Salmon has a ‘reputation for high-quality training and a good standard of work’ and offers ‘the best quality of work outside London’ in the opinion of its trainees. The firm boasts an ‘expertise in energy and renewables’ and offers ‘private client, as well as commercial work’. Moreover, thanks to a six-seat programme, recruits ‘benefit from being able to see more areas of law’. Respondents found Burges Salmon staff to be ‘approachable during the vacation scheme and assessment centre’, which cemented their decision to accept a training contract at the firm. Correspondingly, the firm is a Lex 100 Winner for ...

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP is a Lex 100 Winner in 1 category: Vacation schemes
The ‘enjoyable interview experience’ at Burness Paull is a sign that the firm ‘puts a lot of work and effort into recruitment’. The ‘supportive approach of colleagues during the summer placement’, which gave trainees ‘a great feel’, also swayed many a decision to join the Scottish firm. A Lex 100 Winner medal has consequently been awarded for its vacation scheme. Feedback was littered with references to the ‘excellent in-house training’, which is provided by specialist professional support lawyers. And a ‘superior culture’ is championed by ‘people at all levels who are really interested in and dedicated to your development’. What’s ...

Charles Russell Speechlys

A ‘prestigious firm with a human side’, Charles Russell Speechlys offers a ‘unique mix of private client and commercial work’. The London-headquartered firm also has offices in Cheltenham and Guildford and is a ‘market leader in sports, media and technology law’. Trainees are ‘really valued’ and ‘encouraged to take on responsibility’ by ‘partners who do what they can to help you get the most out of your training contract’. Indeed, colleagues will ‘usually find time to go through work you’ve done and advise how you can improve’. There is a ‘good work/life balance in most departments’ thanks to ...

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is a Lex 100 Winner in 1 category: Confident of being kept on
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton’s distinguishing features are its ‘international work and headline-grabbing sovereign deals’. Many trainees had been ‘impressed by the professionalism and expertise of the lawyers encountered on the vacation scheme’ and were comforted that ‘the people are very driven and smart but not arrogant’. The ’emphasis is on learning on the job’, although there are occasional ‘formal training sessions for particular hot topics’. Trainees are ‘assigned substantive tasks’ and are ‘brought onto matters at an early stage’ so that ‘skills and experience are developed first-hand’. Recruits feel ‘valued as an important part of the team’ and ...

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance is a Lex 100 Winner in 1 category: International secondments
Clifford Chance is ‘one firm made up of teams across the globe working together’. Its ‘global presence’, which leads to ‘considerable opportunities for professional development’, and plentiful international secondments impressed trainees. Accordingly, the Magic Circle giant has scooped up a Lex 100 Winner medal in this category. The firm has a ‘finance focus’ but boasts ‘strong practices throughout’, which is ‘useful when you’re not initially sure where to qualify’! Recruits felt proud to work with ‘highly-intelligent, enthusiastic’ people, who are ‘genuinely approachable’ and ‘make the more difficult parts of the job much easier’. Indeed, the ‘international and diverse’ group of ...

Clyde & Co LLP

‘Front runner in shipping and insurance law’, Clyde & Co offers an ‘impressive level of exposure to litigation work’. Indeed, the opportunity to ‘specialise in a niche sector whilst still working at an international City firm’ is largely unparalleled. Trainees appreciate that ‘partners and other senior fee earners have time for us and trust us to do their work’, resulting in a ‘far more practical experience’. It is often the case that ‘it will just be the trainee and the partner’ working on a case, which is an ‘amazing experience’. There is ‘definitely a culture of wanting to help each ...

CMS

‘A firm on an exciting trajectory’, CMS’ ‘international capabilities’ and ‘wide variety of seat options’ lured the current trainee cohort. The expansive firm is ‘well regarded in the market’ and the ‘sheer range of work to get involved with’ is impressive. There is a ‘diversity and variety of people’, including ‘lots of very bright individuals’ who are ‘friendly and supportive’. In fact, ‘you can ask anyone in the team for help and no one will ever look as if you’re disturbing them’. There is ‘more freedom and client contact’ and ‘a lot of trust is placed in trainees to ...
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