Vacation Scheme Review

by Simmons & Simmons LLP


  • Skills
  • Business Insight
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions


  • 1. Please give an overview of the insight and what was involved on a day-to-day basis.
  • The vacation scheme was well-designed. We were able to choose the two seats we wanted to go to in advance within a two-week period and we were treated like real trainees. The work may vary depending on the seat, but in general, it included reviewing documents, drafting documents, due diligence, participating in client meetings, etc. Outside of work, we were able to attend various presentations and networking events.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • The group exercise session has improved my presentation skills. The experience of the two seats and different new tasks during the two weeks also strengthened my adaptability and time management skills.

  • 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?
  • Very informative and exciting. The two weeks of experience in two seats gave me a good feel for the different departments and the way they work. On a broader level, the various presentations gave me an insight into the firm's expectations for people to take an active role in society.

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

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

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


  • 4. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • Very friendly. People are very respectful of my work. There is no obvious sense of hierarchy. My supervisor was even willing to take the extra time to explain the basics to me.

  • 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?
  • Very enjoyable. The vacation scheme achieved a good balance between work and social events. I had time to network with other people at the firm and to experience the different seats of work during this short period.

  • 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 Simmons & Simmons LLP
  • 5/5

  • 7. Would you recommend Simmons & Simmons LLP to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 8. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Simmons & Simmons LLP
  • It is advisable to research the firm carefully to understand what the firm specialises in, the training of its people and its contribution to social responsibility. It is also helpful to practise the blended test and video interview in advance

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)


South West

June 2023

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