Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Devonshires Solicitors LLP
The Lex 100 verdict on Devonshires Solicitors LLP
With its ‘strong charity client base’ and ‘focus on social housing’, Devonshires Solicitors attracts trainees interested in property and social care among its other practice areas. Trainees also see the benefit of ‘better client contact and work/life balance’ with the result that the firm picks up two Lex 100 Winner awards, for the quality of its client contact and for its social life. Some trainees worked at the firm previously as paralegals and the firm demonstrates an emphasis on the ‘natural progression’ from paralegal to solicitor that is not always the case elsewhere. The firm has a reputation for its ‘good ethos and working environment’ as well as its ‘structured training contract and range of seats available’. The training comprises ‘real legal work, not just admin’ and trainees ‘are given lots of responsibilities’. A respondent adds that ‘trainees here do not feel the step up to qualified solicitor will be as daunting as trainees in some other firms’. With offices in London, Leeds and Colchester, Devonshires has a growing UK regional presence as well as a City office, providing trainees with the best of both worlds in terms of location. Drawbacks highlighted are the rather out-of-date offices, remuneration and kitchen facilities but the ‘inclusive atmosphere’ and the ‘high level of accountability and client contact’ act as counterbalances. Devonshires has a lot to offer trainees looking for a small intake with a social environment and lots of client contact within the property sector.