Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Squire Patton Boggs

The Lex 100 verdict on Squire Patton Boggs

The verdict

Squire Patton Boggs offers a six-seat training contract in Birmingham, London, Manchester and Leeds. This ‘makes the firm very attractive in terms of deciding the area of law in which to qualify’. The vacation scheme was ‘a crucial draw’ and succeeded in providing ‘real exposure to the culture and people at the firm’, as well as an ‘insight into what the training would be like’. Squire Patton Boggs reaps the benefits of being a regional firm which attracts ‘big local clients’, whilst also benefiting from its global network which brings with it international clients and cross-border work. Recruits love that ‘you can approach anyone at any level and have a laugh with them, as well as ask questions’. Indeed, even the partners are ‘really friendly and not scary at all!’. It follows that Squire Patton Boggs has scooped up two Lex 100 Winner awards for inclusiveness and partner approachability. Some trainees feel that the pay and benefits could be improved. Others found the secondment opportunities ‘disappointingly limited’, especially when ‘compared with other firms that have a smaller global footprint than us’. But those who undertook seats in the firm’s Brussels and Paris offices considered their time abroad the best experience of the training contract to date. Client secondments are also on offer. Work highlights included ‘running a matter which covered five jurisdictions with minimal supervision’ and ‘working as a team to get a disclosure deadline over the line’, whilst low points were ‘the run-up to Christmas in a transactional seat’ and ‘working all of Sunday to get a review done for a client’. For ‘high-quality work in a collaborative environment’, consider Squire Patton Boggs.