• Skills
  • Business Insight
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions

Role Description

Over the course of one week I completed tasks with the Corporate, Banking and Finance, Restructuring and Construction units. The week also included overview and networking sessions with various units across Gateley Legal, as well as talks from current trainees, the Learning and Development team, and introductions to the Gateley Group structure and Gateley as a responsible business. Finally, as part of the week I attended a training contract interview and multiple social events throughout the week.


  • 1. Please give an overview of the insight and what was involved on a day-to-day basis.
  • Each day we were set tasks to complete with a particular unit of Gateley Legal. We were given a supervisor and encouraged to ask any questions necessary, particularly at the check-in meetings throughout the day. We also attended overview and networking sessions with other units and had the opportunity to ask questions of current Gateley solicitors about their work and Gateley. Each day we also had further talks about how Gateley runs as a business.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • I developed many of my existing skills over the week: the tasks helped me develop my written communication, problem-solving and legal drafting skills, while the networking sessions helped me develop my oral communication and soft skills. I also grew in confidence during the week.

  • How would you rate the training provided during your experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the knowledge learned around industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the knowledge learned around personal or professional skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how the knowledge learned has helped you with regards to your career development
  • 5/5

    Business Insight

  • 3. What was it like understanding all about the business and potential roles available?
  • It was incredibly useful to learn about the business and about the potential roles available. Hearing from solicitors across such a wide range of practice areas was particularly insightful and helped me to think about which seats I would want to undertake as a trainee solicitor with Gateley Legal and what roles would be available to me.

  • Please rate how insightful you found the insight
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the structure of the insight
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate business leader involvement during the insight
  • 5/5


  • 4. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • It was clear from the week that the Gateley Team Spirit is embedded throughout the business and that the working culture is one of the most important aspects of the job for many of Gateley's employees. Everyone I met was incredibly supportive, welcoming and helpful, and the week really impressed upon me that Gateley cares about creating an atmosphere where everyone is able to bring their full self to work.

  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the networking opportunities?
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how valued you felt during your insight?
  • 5/5

    Your Impressions

  • 5. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?
  • I really enjoyed the week I spent on the virtual summer vacation scheme and would highly recommend it to anyone considering applying to Gateley Legal.

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on the insight
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how your experience met your expectations
  • 5/5

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at Gateley Legal
  • 5/5

  • 7. Would you recommend Gateley Legal to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 8. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Gateley Legal
  • I would advise someone applying to Gateley Legal to spend a lot of time researching the firm and attending law fairs to talk to representatives of the firm before filling out the application form. The knowledge you gain from that research is imperative to helping your application stand out.

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)

Commercial Law

29th June 2021

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