Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Fox Williams LLP
The Lex 100 verdict on Fox Williams LLP
A ‘great culture, financial services and corporate expertise and a focus on sectors such as fashion’ are but some of the reasons trainees applied to Fox Williams. ‘The people really make the firm; this is one of their core values and it really is true’, say trainees who felt even at interview and during the vacation scheme that ‘the firm would allow me to be myself’. Teams ‘have gone out of their way to make us feel included and part of the firm’ even during the pandemic. A ‘small, friendly firm with high-calibre work’, the new recruits are often the only trainee in a department and are therefore given ‘lots of early responsibility’ and learn by being ‘thrown in at the deep end’. Teams are close-knit and ‘it is common to be working directly with a partner on matters’. A ‘much more manageable work/life balance than peers at other firms’ has earned Fox Williams a Lex 100 Winner award. Complaints varied from ‘the benefits could be slightly better’ to ‘the formal training structure for trainees needs to be improved’. Some had also been affected by their ‘training to date being almost solely virtual’, although ‘the firm has tried its best to replicate normal circumstances’. Low points were ‘changing seats whilst working remotely’, and ‘thinking I had made a big error when using an online court pilot – it all turned out okay in the end, but it was definitely a learning experience’. Positive moments were ‘being able to advise a client on a call that the partner was unable to join’ and ‘receiving extremely positive feedback on a challenging piece of work I’d done’. To train at a firm which ‘makes a real investment in its people, where you are a valued member not only of your department, but of the firm as a whole’, consider Fox Williams.