This review was submitted over 4 years ago, so some of the information it contains may no longer be relevant.
The work available to Vacation students was very uninteresting and not in the least bit challenging. Added to that the firm appeared largely unwilling to trust either myself or contemporaries with anything that was intellectually stimulating. By and large I spent most of the two week placement completing meaningless task like filing and photocopying.
The corporate recovery department was terrible in relation to this aspect. I was largely ignored by the partner sitting across from me, as well as the other fee earners. They all appeared very self absorbed, and thus I found the atmosphere extremely unwelcoming from day 1.
There was an opportunity at the end of each of the weeks to chat to the recruitment partner. He was very helpful providing information about the firm and recruitment processes.
Once I had completed a task I would occasionally sit for hours on end in front of a blank computer screen until another task would materialise. So in this sense the firm was extremely disorganised, as there appeared to be no set timetable of tasks for vacation students.
As I mentioned earlier, it was difficult to paint an accurate picture of ability with limited responsibility.
I learnt very little and would advise against application.
everyone seemed very unwilling to enter into any discussion or explain aspects of their work.
The placement was poorly organised with very little opportunity to showcase your ability.
The firm appeared very restricted in terms of their growth.
Nothing more than you would expect at a city law firm.
Some of the trainees organised drinks twice a week for us to join in on, as well as a pub quiz.
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
10th October 2012