• About You
  • The Company
  • Everything Else

    About You

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?
  • I really enjoyed the vacation scheme and felt it gave me a really good insight into commercial law in general, and Pinsent Masons as a firm. Everyone I met was very genuine and welcoming, and the work was very interesting. I feel that I learned a lot and really benefited from this vacation placement.


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?
  • My supervisor and trainee buddy were always willing to take time out to give me feedback, answer any questions, or just have a chat. The open plan office makes it really easy to feel like a part of the team. Everyone in my department was very welcoming and genuinely approachable, and many people came up to introduce themselves and get to know me.


  • 3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?
  • 4/5

  • 4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • I was able to really get involved in legal practice and develop skills through tasks such as drafting, conducting legal research, and reviewing documents. This increased my familiarity with the sort of work that is expected in a commercial firm and tied in well with what I learned at university (while going beyond what we covered in my law degree to create a more practical application).


    The Company

  • 5. How well structured was the insight?
  • It was pretty well structured. We went down to London on the first Monday and were able to meet vacation scheme students from all the English offices. The rest of the week was mainly in our departments aside from a video conference the first week and our assessment centre the second week.


  • 6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?
  • The scheme was laid out well. We had plenty of time in our departments and got to be involved in a range of different tasks and get exposure to different sorts of matters, but we also had a social every week which were a good chance to talk to everyone in a more relaxed environment


  • 7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • 4/5

  • 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?
  • As I was able to talk to people with a range of roles in the firm from partners to solicitors to trainees, I feel I have a good idea of what it would be like to work for Pinsent Masons. We were exposed to a lot of trainee tasks and able to get involved outside of work to see all aspects of the job.


  • 9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?
  • We started out the placement in London where they told us about the firm and their new purpose-led vision and the firm's values. A lot of firms could say these things without really meaning them, but everyone does truly follow the firm's values. The open plan office means everyone is very approachable and easy to access, which isn't always true at other firms.


  • 10. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?
  • I found these two weeks to be incredibly valuable in determining that I want to go into commercial law in a future at a large firm like Pinsent Masons. I really enjoyed my time here and the work that I was exposed to throughout my time. It is hard to know at university what type of law is right for you, but I found that seeing what it is like in practice was indespensible.


    Everything Else

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

  • 12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?
  • We attended both welcome and leaving drinks with the firm which the entire office was invited to, which was a good opportunity to talk to people at all levels of the firm. Beyond this, we also had two socials during the placement with the trainees which was a good opportunity to ask them any questions and get to know them.


  • 13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?
  • The two socials were really well run and a good opportunity to talk more informally with both trainees and my fellow vacation scheme students. On the Friday of our first week, we went out for drinks and to play shuffleboard and on the Wednesday of the second week, we went out for dinner and then drinks.


  • 14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?
  • 4/5

  • 15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?
  • I would really recommend this insight if you are interested in commercial law. Pinsent Masons is a very genuine firm that stands by its values and statements. The work was really interesting and my supervisor worked hard to make sure I was able to see a range of matters throughout the two weeks. I would highly recommend doing a vacation placement with Pinsents if you can.


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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)

Yorkshire and Humberside

June 2019

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