What do our trainees say?
Find out more about what our trainees think of working at Foot Anstey including their work highlights so far and what they found most valuable about our trainee programme
What do you value most about working at Foot Anstey?
The opportunity to interact with people at all levels and learn from them has helped me to broaden my legal knowledge and my understanding of how to apply the law to business challenges. It never felt like there was a hierarchy and partners were really approachable.
For me it has always been the cultural fit – this was clear from my assessment day and throughout the training contract. I am yet to meet a colleague who is not willing to have a friendly conversation in the kitchen (or more likely on Zoom these days!) or offer some support be it work based or otherwise. Foot Anstey really does deliver on its friendly, approachable and supportive ethos for the trainees and it means we have access to great training from senior lawyers, legal support staff and the training team.
The firm has a genuinely supportive culture and every team that I have worked in has taken a keen interest in my development as a junior lawyer, which I really appreciated. I felt supported both in terms of contact points, regular feedback on work and catch-ups on a day-to-day basis as well as support from a career perspective in terms of my ambitions and the qualification process. There were many senior lawyers who would take time out of their busy days to invest in my development as a trainee. I think the combination of a genuinely supportive culture and great-quality work is not necessarily available at many other law firms.
For me, it is the opportunity to work directly with client businesses. I undertook a part-time secondment to a client in the travel sector for the first eight months of my training contract. During my secondment, I provided legal and business support to the general counsel at the client’s offices and remotely. I am also a ‘virtual trainee’ for a large wealth management company, assisting their in-house legal team with a broad range of work. Both of these experiences have given me a better understanding of the challenges faced by our clients and enabled me to deliver more commercially focused advice.
What have you gained from a client secondment?
I went on secondment to a retail and consumer client during the first seat of my training contract. This experience allowed me to have direct client contact and develop a deeper understanding of what clients want from their legal advisors.
The Virtual Trainee programme has been an invaluable experience for me as a trainee. It has allowed me to build my skills in developing significant, long term relationships with clients. I have learnt the importance of how understanding their business, is at the forefront of delivering high-end legal advice.
The tasks that I have performed for the client I was placed with as part of the Virtual Trainee Programme have been so varied, from employment queries to commercial, commercial litigation and property. This has enabled me to experience areas of law where I had not completed a seat as part of my training contract, providing me with a broader overall experience. The level of support and supervision you receive is exceptional – you never feel out of your depth due to the support you receive internally from your colleagues. The supervision has allowed me to build internal relationships with my colleagues from different teams.
I would highly recommend being involved with the Virtual Trainee Programme. The experience has allowed me to grow in confidence and tailor legal advice to a client, taking into account their approach to business.
I spent 8 months working with the in-house legal team of one of the firms’ Projects, Infrastructure and Construction clients who are undertaking a major power project. Day to day I assisted with the drafting and negotiation of various commercial contracts between the client and contractors. I also supported the senior lawyers with an ongoing adjudication and several other contractual disputes. It was an incredible learning experience and gave me great insight as to what is important to a client’s business and how decisions are made.
Seeing how the in-house legal team interacts with the different teams within the business and all the different pieces of the puzzle coming together has made me a more commercially minded lawyer and will stand me in good stead on the work I continue to do for the client and the firm generally.