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Pinsent Masons offers training contracts in Birmingham, Leeds, London and Manchester as well as in Scotland and Northern Ireland. The firm’s ‘strong Scottish presence’ and reputation as ‘one of the best commercial firms in Belfast’ in particular appealed to many. The firm demonstrates ‘a desire to thrive and to innovate’ and has its sights set on international expansion, although recruits seemed frustrated that there are ‘no international opportunities at trainee level’. A ‘whole range of work’ is on offer, with ‘the approachability of employees at every level’ described as ‘outstanding’. As a result, trainees feel that there is ‘more pastoral support’ and ‘teams do not create undue pressure’, which shows that there is ‘more concern for the whole person, rather than just for how hard you can work’. The firm’s strong national network does mean that there is a ‘constant threat of being involuntarily moved’ to a different office, sometimes with ‘little support in the way of expenses’. However, there is a strong culture of inclusion at the firm and ‘you don’t have to sacrifice excellent work for enjoying coming to work each day and working with like-minded, friendly people’. ‘The trainees get on extremely well’, we hear: ‘we don’t see each other as competition, but as sources of support and guidance’. ‘Having nothing to do for a few weeks’ was boring for one recruit, whilst another waxed lyrical about being given the responsibility to ‘draft all the data protection contracts for a consortium for a large number of clients’. To work at a firm which has the ‘feel of a small firm but the size, resources, work and client quality of a Magic Circle firm’, apply to Pinsent Masons.