We had four different tasks throughout the week from four different departments: Corporate, Restructuring, Banking and Construction. Then throughout the day there was talks with the other departments within Gateley. Finally there was social events to get involved in. Such as an escape room, murder mystery, HIIT class and a dinner.
I really enjoyed the insight at Gateley Legal. The 2-week insight was not only about working. It involved social networking activities across different offices, overviews for different departments as well as group activities. It was engaging and rewarding - it provided insight into Gateley as a company, daily work at Gateley Legal and opportunities to meet people across the company.
My vacation placement at Gateley Legal was very enjoyable because of the welcoming and friendly atmosphere at the firm. On the placement you will be made to feel part of the team and will be given good quality work. There are also several organised social events during which you can get to know the other SVP students and trainees at the firm.
I enjoyed my time spent with the people who worked at Gateley, everyone was very friendly and welcoming. However, I was given barely any work to do and despite asking many different people for work I spent a large amount of my two weeks sat there with nothing to do. Unfortunately, it meant I did not enjoy my two weeks there because I spent most the time bored or worrying about how to fill my time.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Vacation Scheme at Gateley. I felt as though the scheme gave me an accurate overview of the work undertaken in the different departments at the firm and the culture in my chosen office. There was a set timetable of practice area overviews which allowed for asking questions and a detailed insight as to training in the different seats.
I thoroughly enjoyed the vacation scheme. Everyone from the receptionist to partners were friendly and welcoming and I was given real work to complete. I not only learnt about how the law works in practice but also how a law firm operates as a business as I was lucky enough to attend the launch day of the new brand.
The vacation scheme was very helpful and everybody at the office was very friendly and approachable. I enjoyed the socials and liked being able to see a wide array of areas of law on show in the office. I enjoyed talking to the trainees, PAs, other fee-earners and partners alike. The areas of law were interesting.
My time at Gateley was really enjoyable. There was a mix of social events, working in the department, and departmental talks which were held on a video conference across all offices. The variety of activities and type of work meant that I got a deep insight into life at Gateley.
I thoroughly enjoyed the insight at Gateley as I felt it gave me an accurate overview of the firm. There was a good variety within the timetable of the insight which allowed me to experience the firm beyond simply the work that they do. This was useful in helping me to form an opinion on how suitable I felt the firm was.
Well organised placement, tasks were tailored to my interests and strengths, and helped me broaden my horizons and develop areas of weakness. People were friendly and gave me their time both during the day and at social events. Frequent video con sessions helped me find out more about the firm's other teams and offices.
Two week summer vacation scheme at Gateley Plc the Manchester office. A thoroughly enjoyable and insightful experience sitting in the employment team, where the entire team ranging from the trainee up to the partners were helpful and supportive. The firm put on a number of talks from the different departments which were interesting and useful, as well as social aspects with both trainees and the partners. The interview and presentation were challenging but not intentionally difficult.
Really enjoyed the variety and amount of work I was given - the people in the office were very welcoming and friendly. The work I was given was challenging but at the right level for me and people were willing to help when you needed them. Social opportunities were available.
The two weeks at Gateley Plc in the Leicester office I found a very rewarding but challenging experience and was very encouraged throughout it. I got a range of experience in a variety of departments and how a successful commercial firm like Gateley operates and was able to feel part of a team. I was given substantial tasks which certainly stretched my ability but was very good for me to develop academically.
The work available to Vacation students was very uninteresting and not in the least bit challenging. Added to that the firm appeared largely unwilling to trust either myself or contemporaries with anything that was intellectually stimulating. By and large I spent most of the two week placement completing meaningless task like filing and photocopying.