Rating

4.2/5
  • About You
    4.1
  • The Company
    4.2
  • Everything Else
    4.3

Role Description

Summer Vacation 2 week Scheme.

    About You

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?
  • 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.

    5/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?
  • Everyone was very friendly and genuine. In the first week a social lunch was arranged to get to know some of the people in the office better. Found it easy to chat to and form connections with the people working there. This helped me understand what working there would actually be like.

    5/5

  • 3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?
  • Got some feedback on set tasks, these were tasks that trainees might be set to work through. Feedback on these was very encouraging and my supervisor would talk through both points well done and points for improvement. There was little feedback on more day to day genuine tasks but this is to be expected.

    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 believe I have a better understanding of what being a trainee at Gateley entails as a result of this placement. Felt like I began to develop genuine skills that will be useful to my career in the future. Being responsible for my own work meant that time management and organisation skills were key.

    4/5

    The Company

  • 5. How well structured was the insight?
  • Talks from every department were scheduled so SVP students could get a taste from every department. Other than this there was very little structuring - however this meant we were able to organise our own work and take on work form different departments. As a result a better understanding of what seats I would like to undertake was gained.

    3/5

  • 6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?
  • Atmosphere was great, very friendly. Feel like it was easy to make genuine connections and people were willing to have a chat! Often went to make a cup of tea and would be able to talk to whoever was in there. Everyone in the office clearly cared about one another and this showed in the atmosphere.

    5/5

  • 7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • The summer vacation scheme gave a real sense of what a training contract with Gateley Legal would entail as well as rounded experience form a number of departments. During the placement I was given trainee tasks to complete and received excellent and constructive feedback from this which really helped me assess my strengths and work on weaknesses.

    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?
  • The SVP did it’s best to fit a comprehensive experience of what a full time training contract would be like. This included undertaking trainee tasks that were usually and regularly undertaken by Gateley’s current trainees. As a result, I felt I had an excellent idea of what working full time at Gateley Legal would be like.

    5/5

  • 9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?
  • Not only did the placement really help me to understand the culture of Gateley further, I found that I also throughly enjoyed such. Everyone was very welcoming and the social lunch half way through the placement allowed the SVP students to get to know colleagues on a more personal level.

    5/5

  • 10. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?
  • After undertaking the two week placement I felt very excited by the prospect of a training contract and Gateley Legal. I was overjoyed to receive and accept an offer of a training contract after completing this scheme. As a result, I feel this was highly valuable in deciding my future career.

    5/5

    Everything Else

  • 11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?
  • I was very happy with the money I received for undertaking this two week scheme and feel it was very much in line with competitor offers. I was not reimbursed regular travel. However, as the induction day is in the Birmingham office, expenses for travelling to and from this were reimbursed.


  • 12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?
  • The Reading branch of Gateley Legal has an open plan office. This meant it was easy to chat to anyone in the office and everyone was very happy to do so. On the first day in the office the partners responsible for the SVP students also gave me an introduction to everyone in the office which was highly useful.

    5/5

  • 13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?
  • As part of the scheme we were taken on a lunch around halfway through the scheme. This was an excellent opportunity to get to know a handful of my colleagues more personally. I was also invited to a less official Friday night drinks which felt very friendly and welcoming, a common theme at Gateley Legal.

    4/5

  • 14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?
  • Activities that could be undertaken outside of work made up a large amount of information at the induction but were less discussed during the placement. These activities ranged from drinks to sports, so there’s really something for everyone if you’re interested. Trainees are encouraged to be very involved in the arrangement of such activities.

    3/5

  • 15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?
  • I would absolutely recommend this scheme to a friend who was interested in a career in law. Gateley Legal was one of the most friendly and welcoming firms not only did I feel very at home on my placement but I was given real and interesting work to do which also made me feel valued within the team.

    5/5

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Details

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)

Corporate Law

10th July 2019


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