How would you rate the quality of work you are given?

FirmScore (/100)
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP 91.3
Bevan Brittan LLP 91.2
Mills & Reeve 91.0
Capsticks LLP 90.0
Osborne Clarke LLP 89.9
Taylor Wessing LLP 89.4
Cartmell Shepherd 89.1
Kingsley Napley LLP 89.0
Hodge Jones & Allen LLP 89.0
Withers LLP 88.9
Leathes Prior 88.3
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld 88.1
Farrer & Co 88.0
Browne Jacobson LLP 88.0
Blaser Mills Law 88.0
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP 87.8
Forbes Solicitors 87.7
Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP 87.6
Thrings LLP 87.6
Shoosmiths LLP 87.4
Payne Hicks Beach 87.4

Whilst the dream is to engage in hard-hitting legal work from the get-go, the reality for many trainees is that the training contract also includes a lot of administrative tasks. That’s right, the bundling, photocopying, proofreading, archiving, it’s all part and parcel of the learning experience. However, newbies at these leading firms reported that alongside their unglamorous responsibilities, they also got given the opportunity to take part in high-quality work that’s both challenging and exciting. At Skadden, trainees appreciated ‘being given tasks with responsibility and being immediately integrated into a team of associates’. Those at Taylor Wessing were delighted with the ‘excellent training and supervision’ they received as part of their training contract. Hodge Jones & Allen trainees work on ‘interesting cases with wide-ranging positive impacts. At Kingsley Napley, trainees don’t just observe, they ‘are treated as a real fee earner and expected to get stuck in with the team’s work’. Bevan Brittan trainees also ‘get the opportunity to be involved with the nitty gritty parts of transactions/cases’. The staff at Mills & Reeve ‘actually love coming to work and that’s because it’s challenging and rewarding’. They – like their peers at Osborne Clarke – do ‘more than just menial admin tasks’.