Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Wilkin Chapman LLP

The Lex 100 verdict on Wilkin Chapman LLP

The verdict

Based in Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire, Wilkin Chapman was the obvious choice for trainees looking for a ‘regional firm with high-value work’. ‘A very good reputation and Legal 500 rankings’ also sold the firm. There is an ‘excellent variety of training seat options’, covering ‘both personal and business legal services’. This is perfect for those who ‘wanted to work at a firm large enough that they covered all areas of law, but not so large that it was focused only on commercial/corporate work’. By only recruiting a small number of trainees each year, Wilkin Chapman makes all recruits ‘feel involved’. One respondent encapsulated this sentiment: ‘I feel like I was thrown in at the deep end which I couldn’t be happier with. I have learnt so much more than I could ever have imagined’. The firm is a Lex 100 Winner for job satisfaction, living up to expectations and client contact. ‘Everybody is so approachable and helpful’ at Wilkin Chapman and the ‘work/life balance is better’ than at some other firms, although the trade-off for this is ‘lower pay’. The worst thing about the firm is that ‘trainees have to relocate between different offices’. The ‘uncertainty of not knowing where you are going to be for the next six months can be stressful’. Trainees’ worst moments were ‘making mistakes’ and ‘undertaking mundane administrative tasks’. More cherished moments were ‘conducting a number of court hearings independently and being given the opportunity to be entrusted to deal with cases’ and, more generally, ‘the client contact aspect’ of being involved with matters. To experience the feeling of ‘coming to work every day and thoroughly looking forward to what the day will bring’, investigate Wilkin Chapman.