Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Leigh Day

The Lex 100 verdict on Leigh Day

The verdict

A ‘drive to fight for the vulnerable and marginalised’ and ‘commitment to ensuring access to justice’ are Leigh Day’s unique selling points. The ‘willingness to take on cases others would have shied away from’ also attracted recruits to the claimant-only London firm. ‘The work I am involved in is captivating and personal to people’s lives’ said one trainee, ‘it has an impact in a way that I can see directly’: a sentiment which was echoed across the board. Training at Leigh Day is ‘very hands-on’ and recruits feel that they get ‘trusted with very significant work and receive a lot of personal feedback’. ‘Doing advocacy in the High Court’ was a clear highlight, as was ‘being flown to Colombia to take witness evidence from farming communities to be used in a class action lawsuit’. Even some of the worst moments were glamorous: ‘being late for a trial and fighting my way through paparazzi who were waiting for Jonny Depp’ is an example. Impressively the firm has scooped up eight Lex 100 Winner awards, including job satisfaction, quality of work, client contact and inclusiveness. It’s not all sunshine and roses though; some recruits begrudge the lack of LPC funding, whilst others complained that the IT systems are ‘slightly outdated’. Opinion was also divided over the year-long seats, which see trainees spend time in only two departments during their training contract: ‘this is a huge advantage if you get at least one department you are interested in, but greatly frustrating and limiting if you do not’. For the opportunity to ‘play a part in rare and high-quality cases’ in a firm where everyone is ‘genuinely passionate about their work’, research Leigh Day.