Winter Vacation Scheme Participant at Simmons & Simmons LLP

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
London Central London and City
Review Date
Less than £ 10,000

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About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I found this vacation scheme at Simmons & Simmons to be a very enjoyable experience. There was a good balance of time spent within the department as well as various presentations and networking sessions. I found the socials to be engaging and interesting, with a diverse range of interns, making the experience very enjoyable.


2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

During my time at Simmons & Simmons, I was made to feel very valued as the work I was being given was benefiting the team and members of the firm were keen to keep me informed as to the progress of deals that I had worked on. Moreover, everyone was very grateful for all the tasks I did complete and were quick to send their appreciations.


3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

I felt well supported throughout the process. I had a trainee buddy in the same department as me for each week. My buddy was very supportive, providing lots of advice about how to approach new things as well as providing me with a realistic account of life at the firm. The Graduate Recruitment team were also very supportive, providing advice and guidance for the graduate application process.


4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

The skills and knowledge I developed on this vacation scheme will certainly help me in the future, especially if I am able to secure a training contract! I was able to develop the practical skills needed to succeed as a commerical lawyer (attention to detail, communication skills, presentation skills) and this skills will similarly benefit me during my final year of university.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The vacation scheme was very well structured. As metioned, I found there to be a good balance between desk work, presentations and networking events. I found all of the social events and talks were very well-organised and a great amount of thought had obviously gone into making them run as smoothly as possible.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

There was a really great atmosphere at Simmons & Simmons! Everyone was open, engaged and welcoming, making every effort to ensure we settled in quickly. I found that staff got to know me as an individual and were interested in my personal goals and interests. There was also a really great atmosphere amongst the intern cohort, we all got on well, making the expereince very enjoyable!


7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

It was clear to see just how much Simmons & Simmons had invested into this vacation scheme and personally, I was able to get a lot out of it! In particular, I found the presentation on developing the skills needed to become a successful lawyer to be particurly helpful, allowing me to evaluate my own unique strengths and areas for personal development.


8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

The vacation scheme helped me to develop a much better understanding of what it would be like to have a full time role at Simmons & Simmons. Spending time working on a desk, listening in on client calls and meetings, meant that I was able to understand the inner workings of the firm and what their lawyers do on a day-to-day basis.


9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?

Being immersed in a firm for 2 weeks, being exposed to members of staff and seeing how they operate in their professional environment gave me a good sense of the culture at Simmons & Simmons. My overwhelming impression of the firm is that it is a open, diverse and collaborative place to work.


10. How valuable was the content of the day in helping you to decide on your future career path?

I found the whole experience to be extremely valuable and has solidified my intentions to become a commerical lawyer. I found the desk work to be particuarly beneficial in solidfying my decision as I found the work to be interesting and in line with my interests. Furthermore, it has made me seriously consider Simmons & Simmons as a future employer.


Other Information

11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

I was paid weekly for my time spent on the Simmons & Simmons vacation scheme.

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?

Yes, there were plenty of opportunities to meet other employees at the firm, with a stream of social events such as group lunches and after-work drinks. The networking sessions built into the days also gave exposure to partners and associated from across the departments and meant there was a wide variety of people that you could ask questions to.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

I found all of the social and networking event to be really enjoyable!


14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?

Yes, there are lots of different opportunities at the firm, from sports clubs to volunteering.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Yes, I really would recommend this vacation scheme to anyone interested in pursuing a career in commerical law.