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Fieldfisher

RIVERBANK HOUSE, 2 SWAN LANE, LONDON, EC4R 3TT, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7861 4000
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823 LONDON CITY EC3
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www.fieldfisher.com
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Each year The Lex 100 surveys thousands of trainees in the major UK law firms. This is an extract from its independent findings:

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The lowdown (in their own words...)

Why did you choose this firm over any others? 'For its public regulatory department'; 'work/life balance'; 'diverse practice areas'; 'variety of the seats'; 'niche practice areas'; 'continually developing life sciences involvement' 

How does your training compare with peers' at other firms? 'Hours are shorter'; 'we have more responsibility'; 'more client contact'; 'more varied work'; 'it's a lot less social'; 'more stressful' 

Best thing about the firm? 'It does some really unusual, high-profile work for household-name clients'; 'approachability of partners'; 'very nice people on the whole'; 'good variety of departments'; 'they do not work you into the ground' 

Worst thing about the firm? 'No canteen'; 'lack of visibility in the market except in niche areas'; 'lack of firm-wide social events'; 'lack of support' 

Best moment? Being commended on a presentation'; 'meeting alone with a client to obtain instructions'; 'time out with colleagues'; 'being sent on secondment'; 'attending three matters at court' 

Worst moment? 'Administrative tasks'; 'a week of staying in the office till 2am'; 'uncertainty over seat allocation'; 'doing an all nighter with a difficult client who wanted everything done there and then' 

Source: The Lex 100 - the student guide to UK law firms 2011/2012

Further information: Students and trainees can find full information on working for this firm here.

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