Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Gateley Plc

The Lex 100 verdict on Gateley Plc

‘Quietly confident in its abilities’, Gateley is ‘forward-thinking and a leader in its field’. Trainees love the ‘unstuffy atmosphere’ and the ‘really supportive and inclusive environment’ whilst ‘still acting for some really big and prestigious clients’. The firm offers the ‘perfect combination’ of being an ‘active deal adviser at the same time as being strong in private client’ and has other ‘niche and specialist practice areas’. ‘People-focused and friendly’, at Gateley ‘everyone is encouraged to bring their whole selves to work’ and ‘juniors don’t feel like they have to stay quiet and out of the way’. On the other side of the coin, there are ‘limited international opportunities’ and some trainees would like to see a higher salary and ‘more generous benefits, especially pension contributions’. The Manchester offices ‘aren’t the fanciest in town’ either. Low points included ‘making a mistake in my first seat’, ‘quiet periods when people aren’t great at delegating work’ and ‘working weekends repeatedly to cover capacity shortages’. Trainees didn’t enjoy the ‘disruption caused by Covid’ either, especially ‘feeling a bit isolated’ whilst working from home, although ‘most teams do make a real effort to include us’. Much more exciting were ‘the first time managing a matter on my own’, ‘working on the sale of a football club – it’s always been a dream of mine!’ and ‘getting great feedback from my third seat supervisor and partner’. For a ‘lovely place to work’ where ‘even trainees get involved with substantial matters’, research Gateley.