Formal Training

8.0 / 10

(based on 20 ratings in 2018)

2018

"The training programmes are department specific. Most departments will have a group training session at the start of each seat where all trainees working in that department will travel to one office for one or two days. There will then be continuous training throughout the seat."
Second year trainee, Edinburgh
"I think we are offered a lot of training throughout our training contract in both legal and soft skills. The training is good but I sometimes feel that it could be pitched more directly at the junior level in order for juniors to take more from it."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm offers training courses in each department as you move around your traineeship. These are highly detailed and practical sessions. In Scotland, we take part in external training sessions in addition to our in-house training."
First year trainee, Glasgow / Edinburgh
"I have picked up a lot of drafting and client-management skills. In term of non-legal skills, I have become incredibly organised and this has led to me becoming more proactive in terms of the work I ask for. My ability to liaise with clients face-to-face or via telephone or email has vastly improved too."
First year trainee, London
"My communication skills, project management and organisation skills have improved tremendously. Lots of training is on offer for both trainees and qualified solicitors. Individual departments and divisions hold training events more regularly."
First year trainee, London
"The firm regularly provides trainees with training sessions. These sessions have enabled me to develop both my ability to understand the work I have been allocated, and a wider understanding of the work undertaken by the firm."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Training varies by department. Some departments have no formal training whatsoever, which is a shame."
Second year trainee, Manchester

2017

"Training can be decent but it depends on what team you're in."
First year trainee, Manchester
"The firm offers regular training sessions in all divisions and also encourages us to attend skills training on drafting and negotiation etc. I think the materials we receive are very useful and especially helpful for referring back to at a later date."
First year trainee, London
"We get an extensive trainee induction in the first few days. There are also two days of department-specific training followed by more team training sessions and regular updates."
First year trainee, Manchester
"In addition to the professional skills course, AG are keen on developing trainees and provide department-specific training as a result. These training sessions can be purely for trainees, but, in certain circumstances, many junior fee earners will also attend for their own benefit."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"Training differs from department to department."
Second year trainee, MANCHESTER
"This can be very ad hoc and depends on the quality and engagement of the supervisor/team you work with."
Second year trainee, Leeds

2016

"Lots of opportunities to take part in skills courses (legal and soft skills), such as drafting, communication skills, psychological survival skills, enhancing your profile."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"Trainees are encouraged to attend both in-house and external training sessions."
First year trainee, London
"Varies from department to department. Training in banking is very good. There are numerous sessions that are extensive and detailed."
First year trainee, Leeds
"There are a number of soft training courses that the firm runs. I've gone to a few that have helped me to develop my communication skills, spelling and grammar. There are also courses such as legal drafting and writing In my current seat. There was no formal induction training. However, they do run sessions once a month on important topics, which give you a good overview of developments going on in the sector."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Each department runs a half-day intensive training course at the beginning of each seat. Trainees are encouraged to join team-wide training sessions, but there is very little trainee-focused training after the initial sessions."
Second year trainee, London
"Sometimes training sessions are poorly scheduled and the sessions would be more useful at the start of the seat rather than at end. There's no structure to the different training sessions. Having said that, training is more on the job and there's plenty of support with that."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"The training contract is well structured and most teams invest a lot of time and resources in trainee training during seats."
Second year trainee, Manchester

2015

"I found that I was overloaded with training at the start of the seat I was in, and I was then provided with small amounts of training. The firm could probably do more of this."
First year trainee, Manchester
"I think that the training and resources on offer are excellent."
First year trainee, Manchester
"I thought that the training at AG was very good - everything generally runs very smoothly and there are a wide range of training programmes that you can attend."
Second year trainee, London
"We have training before each seat, and on-going training in the seat which is usually every week. I have attended training on drafting, accounts and also legal updates which I have found really helpful."
First year trainee, Leeds
"There are the usual Professional Skills Courses and training for the trainees at the start of each seat. There is also a good range of optional courses, e.g. presentation skills, legal writing skills and networking, among others."
First year trainee, Manchester
"I have found that the training programme at AG is for the most part very good as people take a genuine interest in trying to create future partners."
Second year trainee, London
"From my experience training isn't particularly formal aside from departmental training seminars, as you learn on the job."
First year trainee, London
"In my opinion day-to-day development within the team is good: people are willing to take time to answer questions and give feedback on work. More formal training is organised within departments and teams. There are firm-wide seminars, and all are welcome to attend which aren't limited to the department you sit in."
First year trainee, London

2013

"Formal training varies between departments. My first department was great for training."
First year trainee, Leeds
"We undertake various PSC courses and have team training sessions on a regular basis."
Second year trainee, Manchester
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