I really enjoyed the four days of work experience at Simmons and Simmons. I was very pleased to learn that in light of COVID 19 they adapted their vacation scheme, making it virtual. It proved an excellent opportunity to speak with and learn from a range of employees at the firm. Everyone including my trainee buddy, my supervisor and the partners were very kind and happy to answer questions.
I found the 4 days very insightful and I learned a lot, it's hard to believe the scheme was so short in comparison to how much I had learnt from it. There was a lot of opportunities to set up extra meetings and talk to people after events to get more of an insight into their careers. Everyone was also very friendly and supportive, including the vacation schemers, which made the experience even more enjoyable.
I very much did enjoy the insight since this was my first time working within a legal practice and I got to have a real insight into the working of legal practitioners and their job role on a daily basis. It also helped to expose me to what I may be doing in the future and who I may be working with which was very helpful and yet fun.
My placement with the firm was for one week but had an excellent balance between time with the department and working on tasks and introductory seminars. The firm did an excellent job of providing exposure and insight to its various components, functions and objectives. The overall effect of this allowed me to better understand and consider the potential and variety of a career with the firm.
Everyone made a genuine effort to include me in both the social and professional aspects of Simmons. People were welcoming, helpful and engaging. All of the Grad Rec hosted activities were useful and a great way to ask questions and meet the other vac schemers. I left the Vac Scheme feeling like Simmons was a place I would love to work.
I really enjoyed the winter vacation scheme at Simmons & Simmons. The week was packed full of workshops, social events and working within your department. I found the training workshops to be extremely useful and learnt a great deal from them, and had a lot of fun at the social events. The work in the department was also challenging and rewarding.
I thoroughly enjoyed my vac scheme at Simmons; I felt very much included in my team and was invited to its weekly meeting, as well as to its Christmas lunch and drinks. I enjoyed meeting the other vac schemers too: a particular highlight was our trip to Wok and Roll!
The scheme was very enjoyable. It was a great way to learn more about the firm and its culture by experiencing two weeks in the office. Graduate recruitment had organised some fun socials as well which was a great way of getting to know the other vacation schemers as well. There were also many opportunities to get involved in other aspects of the firm such as sports and pro bono.
I thought that Simmons did a fantastic job of balancing a high level of challenging but well pitched work with workshops to gain a deeper insight into the firm as well as networking opportunities. Everyone that I met at the firm was welcoming and willing to throw me into life at the firm even though I was only there for two weeks!
The insight provided a great opportunity to get involved in two different areas of the firm, while carrying out some of the tasks that a trainee solicitor may do. The welcoming nature of the firm, alongside the various events allowed for greater exploration and insight of the firm beyond the immediate two areas. As a non-law student, the whole experience was extremely enjoyable, interesting and informative.
I enjoyed the combination of London work and a non-London office. This reflected the ethos of the office, which was very unintimidating and meant that employees were more approachable. I also really liked the open-plan office and the non-hierarchial feel. Even as a vacation scheme candidate I had no qualms in approaching or emailing partners regarding my work or asking general questions about Simmons & Simmons. Finally the firm was extremely broad in terms of the work I was given. Although I was placed in Litigation, I was able to have a taste of the Funds team and meet more people in the firm.
The insight was thoroughly enjoyable. It was a combination of great deal of insight and fun. I particularly enjoyed the practice insight group session where partners from different practice area gave a presentation which was followed by a Q&A, thus making the session much interactive. During socials, I had the opportunity to meet a lot of trainees and the graduate recruitment team in a much more informal setting, which was invaluable.
In my opinion, Simmons & Simmons' spring insight scheme was very enjoyable. We were able to gain a better understanding of the firm through a variety of talks, giving us a general overview of their culture, as well as more specific insight into the types of cases and clients that they take on.
I very much enjoyed the insight scheme. This provided a brilliant opportunity to experience the culture of a firm, experience activities including work shadowing of a department enabling you to see the work of a trainee and plenty of networking opportunities. The staff were all very friendly and welcoming, enabling me to feel comfortable in asking questions and gaining a true insight.
The insight was thoroughly enjoyable since it was highly detailed and provided all participants with an understanding of how the firm operates and how best to succeed as a city lawyer. What was especially enjoyable was the ability to communicate with current employees and to see their opinions of the firm.