Vacation Scheme Participant

by Gateley Legal


  • Skills
  • Responsibilities
  • Support & Guidance
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions


  • 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis.
  • Within the role we would complete a set of assessed tasks each day for a particular legal team. Before beginning each task we would be briefed by an individual within the legal team and were encouraged to ask any questions. There would be comfort breaks provided and also talks from different legal teams to break up the day and allow us to understand more about the firm.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • I have learnt new skills in how to network and work effectively in a team with new individuals. My analytical skills improved greatly alongside my ability to process a lot of information at once, this occurred mainly as a result of task work including reading long legal documents.

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

  • How would you rate your development of industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate your development of personal / soft skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how these skills have helped you in your career development
  • 5/5


  • 3. Were you given much responsibility during your placement / internship?
  • Yes, throughout the scheme we were able to complete tasks individually and in a set time frame. We were also required to present ideas we had on how Gateley could improve and find time to brainstorm ideas with our team to discuss this.

  • Please rate how meaningful the work you were doing was
  • 5/5

    Support & Guidance

  • 4. How much support and guidance did you receive during your placement / internship?
  • There was a lot of support, we had individual meetings with our applied office where we got to have a chat with a Senior Associate working there and ask questions. On the first day there was allocated time for people to flag any technical issues and throughout the week Graduate Recruitment maintained communication with us. Within tasks our assigned supervisor was always on hand to chat and answer any queries we had.

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from your line manager?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from the wider team?
  • 5/5


  • 5. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • The company culture was extremely inclusive, kind and social. Throughout the week all my supervisors emphasised the flexible and understanding nature of the firm. Within talks Gateley's commitment to diversity and inclusion was clear, with it being the first law firm to sign the Halo Code, having a host of local charity initiatives and a clear focus on the well being of their staff.

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

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

  • How would you rate the diversity initiatives?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the charity, sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives?
  • 5/5

    Your Impressions

  • 6. To what extent did you enjoy your placement / internship?
  • I thoroughly enjoyed my placement at Gateley legal. The scheme was filled with fun socials, challenging tasks, and enthusiastic individuals who all wanted to help us understand more about the firm.

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on your placement / internship
  • 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 advice would you give to others applying to Gateley Legal
  • Be yourself, the firm really prioritises learning about applicants beyond grades! Take time to complete the application form, make it genuinely what you feel in response to the questions.

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Internship (1-4 Months)

Commercial Law

South East

July 2021

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