The Legal 500

Irwin Mitchell

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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:


The lowdown (in their own words...)

Why did you choose this firm over any others? 'Firm is down to earth'; 'friendliness'; 'liked its straightforward approach'; 'leading firm with its roots in the North of England'; 'my main area of interest was clinical negligence'; 'its reputation'; 'variety of practice areas'; 'streamed training contracts meant that I could focus on areas of law that I wanted to do' 

How does your training compare with peers' at other firms? 'Favourably'; 'reasonable hours'; 'varied workload'; 'better in terms of work/life balance'; 'very hands-on'; 'excellent exposure to a variety of tasks'; 'more client contact'; 'more responsibility'; 'fewer options regarding seat choices and rotations'; 'I receive more individual support' 

Best thing about the firm? 'Work/life balance'; 'dealing with areas of law that other similar firms don't do'; 'the high-quality claimant PI work'; 'whole working environment has made moving seats and asking other fee-earners for help and advice very easy'; 'champagne Fridays'; 'very involved in the community through pro bono and charity work' 

Worst thing about the firm? 'Graduate recruitment'; 'the pay'; 'streaming of training contracts means that the exposure to other areas of law is very limited'; 'the sandwiches'; 'removal of kettle/microwave/toaster and their replacement by bad coffee machines'; 'no opportunities for secondments despite two offices in Spain' 

Best moment? 'Attending three trials'; 'saving a client from bankruptcy'; 'conducting a client meeting by myself'; 'attending a three-week trial of a large group action'; 'winning an award for trainee of the year at the Yorkshire Lawyer Awards'; 'being involved with a high-value clinical negligence action which settled for £6m' 

Worst moment? 'Not being given enough work'; 'having to take new client enquiries for a department I don't even work in'; 'realisation that the job opportunities will be so limited on qualification'; 'when the workload becomes a bit too hectic and you don't have time to learn things properly'; 'chasing costs from defendants' 

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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