Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Gowling WLG

The Lex 100 verdict on Gowling WLG

Trainees applied to Gowling WLG because it is ‘the best firm in Birmingham’ and for the ‘opportunity to do big-ticket, international work in a regional setting’. The international firm also offers training contracts in London in impressive offices overlooking Tower Bridge. A ‘small cohort of trainees’ means ‘wide exposure to the firm’s variety of work’. Gowling’s culture is ‘very friendly and inclusive’, with a ‘non-hierarchical structure’ and the people are ‘very approachable and generally nice to deal with’. ‘Working directly with partners on matters’ is not uncommon, and senior staff are ‘more than happy to sit down with you to talk about the firm or about any case you may be working on together’. Everyone at the firm wants you to ‘become the best lawyer you can be’. While Gowling’s London trainees think that the salary ‘could be increased to meet the standard of the competition’, some of their Birmingham counterparts consider their pay ‘inadequate in comparison to the level of work that is expected of us’, especially as ‘we work every bit as hard and long as London colleagues and often directly with them’. ‘Advising on the billion-pound sale of a UK company’, ‘acting on an international pharmaceutical arbitration’ and a ‘week-long impromptu secondment to a client in my first seat’ were moments that trainees relished. Conversely, ‘being pulled onto a matter at the last moment and having to get to grips with the task and working late’, ‘not understanding the IT system’ and ‘feeling a bit forgotten about whilst working from home at times’ were worst moments. For ‘good quality, City-level work which is also available outside of London, together with interesting secondment opportunities and approachable people’, consider Gowling WLG.