Winter Vacation Scheme at Simmons & Simmons LLP

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


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The Organisation
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About You

Role Description

Winter Vacation Scheme with Simmons & Simmons LLP London

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

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.


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

Whilst on the scheme, I was able to have other people from different departments help me with the formal assignment that we were given to do at the beginning of the scheme and this helped me to feel as though I was a valued member of the practice and made me feel included and wanted.


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

I was "buddied" up with a trainee as well as another employee who was at a higher level within Simmons & Simmons LLP which helped me to ask a variety of different questions and learn about different perspectives and ways to move up in the firm therefore I believe I was very well supported.


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

This helped me to develop my literacy skills since we had to work with clients as well as colleagues where you require to speak in a proficient and precise manner and therefore exposed me to working in a London legal office. Moreover, it assisted me with my law studies as I got to apply my learning to the real world.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The scheme itself was well structured since all the staff members knew what needed to be done with us in terms of giving us work to do and allowing us to meet the relevant people. We were also able to choose different things to do and different meetings to sit in on due to the flexibility of the staff rotas.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The staff of the firm were genuinely welcoming and there was an ambient atmosphere where we were able to feel really comfortable and no there had a stiff upper lip or was stubborn to talk to us just because we were lower level vacation scheme participants. Overall, we were made to feel included.


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

They didn't do much personal training per se since we weren't actual employees but only having an insight but the staff did put a lot of time on the side to help us with our assignments even when they were busy which showed commitment and investment in us and our learning.


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?

I really did help me a lot since I can see the amount and type of work that goes in to being a law staff at Simmons & Simmons LLP as well as learning the different roles available and different ways that I can specialise and grow within the firm itself.


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

I did already have an insight into how the company culture may be but it did help to ground me and show me in a real life perspective since I got to see everything and feel everything first hand enabling me to understand the different parts both social and legal much better.


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

Being a participant of the scheme helped me to believe that I had chosen the right career path for myself since law is a topic that I am very interested in and the content and learning that I did spurred me on to complete my studies to the best of my ability in order to land my dream job.


Other Information

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?

There was a lot of opportunities personally for networking due to the networking programmes that were available through out the scheme and the time that we were there but also I had a few more networking sessions since this was due to my request to my training buddy and therefore enabled me to learn and understand the firm better.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

They were really insightful since they helped me to see the company from different perspectives as well as confirm and solidify other employees opinions where they all had the same perspective and therefore gave me more concrete and insider opinions. Furthermore, it also helped me to see how different roles talked and communicated with each other furthering my literary skills.


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


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?