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Informal Training & Mentoring

8.1 / 10

(based on 14 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Varies from supervisor to supervisor. I have had a mix of very good supervisors (three out of four seats), with one supervisor being not so good. Generally speaking, within the wider population of the firm, associates and partners are supportive and approachable. If you do good work, you do get recognised and thanked for it."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"Everyone has been very approachable and happy to provide detailed, constructive feedback when requested."
First year trainee, London
"Members of the team are accessible and willing to speak with trainees. Supervisors and mentors are laid back and approachable. They also receive training on their role. Team members are very good at recognising trainees' contributions to cases."
First year trainee, Leeds
"I think the supervisors that trainees have are very accessible. I have a catch up with mine every week to check on my progress and if there's anything I'm unhappy about. You also have a mentor who is with you throughout your two years. Again, they are happy to talk to you about anything, whether work-related or just grievances in general. We also have a 'trainee buddy' who is someone you can ask questions of and get advice from when you first start. While this is a great level of support, it often leads to having many different meetings on the same topics with lots of different people. Praise and recognition: I've received some good feedback on work. If you seek feedback, you will usually get it."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Trainee supervisors are normally very good, ensuring you're not over-burdened and giving regular feedback. Trainees also have an associate mentor who isn't in their team to give a fresh pair of ears. Future trainees are also given a 'trainee buddy' when they are offered a training contract, who will often be an associate by the time the training contract begins and then will be given a current-trainee buddy when they arrive. It's on the trainee to utilise these relationships but people are always happy to go for a coffee and have a chat."
Second year trainee, London
"Almost everyone wants to help you. Feedback is always given in a way that will allow you to learn and develop. If you do good work, people will say so."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"It is there if needed but I have not made the most of this support to be honest. I am not often told how well I have done on particular pieces of work at the time, but end-of-seat reviews are usually quite comprehensive."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"I find that partners and solicitors are all accessible, and there are a few mentors who have really stood out for me. There are detailed three- and six-month feedback sessions, and regular catch ups with supervisors for informal feedback. Everyone is appreciative of the work that you do, and recognition is given for work completed."
Second year trainee, London
"From experience in my department solicitors and partners are excellent at this. It is very helpful as the feedback is constructive and contributes to continued improvement."
First year trainee, Manchester
"I think that everyone is very accessible, and partners and senior fee earners act as good mentors."
Second year trainee, London
"All solicitors and partners will provide feedback and are happy to give advice at any time. Each trainee also has a mentor for the period of their training contract to meet with on a regular basis."
First year trainee, Leeds
"I have found that you are always encouraged to get in touch if you have a question, and even if mentors are not in the office, I feel that you can phone them!"
First year trainee, Manchester
"I work in a room with a NQ, partner and MA, and because we are mixed together all levels of solicitors are available, and everyone who I have encountered has been happy to spend time with me."
First year trainee, Leeds
"You can get feedback and mentoring, but I find that you need to ask for it, and potentially chase it. It is very dependent on the individual solicitor and partner."
First year trainee, London

2013

"I have a trainee buddy, an associate buddy and the supervisors are great as well."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Partners and solicitors are very accessible so it is easy to get a bit of advice when needed."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"Addleshaw Goddard have an 'open-door' policy. During my training contract I sat have shared offices with partners and have always found them to be approachable and great mentors. They really seem to care about my development as an individual."
Second year trainee, Leeds
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