Formal Training

8.2 / 10

(based on 22 ratings in 2017)

2017

"There's a good grammar course when you start and lessons on email writing etc. There are also regular training sessions on departmental and general well-being etc."
First year trainee, London
"Training quality depends on the department, but it's generally good."
Second year trainee, London
"This is exceptional, with training that focuses on both the personal and the professional development of its fee-earners."
Second year trainee, London
"The internal formal training is excellent with frequent seminars both legal and non-legal. Also, the firm has an outstanding know-how system where you can find absolutely anything depending on which jurisdiction you are currently interested in and which area of law you want to read on. Also, we have a special non-legal skills platform where you can learn many soft skills including negotiating, having difficult conversations with colleagues/clients, managing your time and dealing with stress levels."
Second year trainee, London but currently on an international secondment
"The training is comprehensive and continuous. You feel well supported throughout."
First year trainee, London
"You get intensive training for each department at the start of your seat. There are also a lot of general training/development centres as you go through the training contract."
First year trainee, London
"The Profesional Skills Course is particularly good and has highly skilled speakers. I usually find such courses dull and a waste of time but I always feel thoroughly engaged by the A&O ones and learn new skills that I know I'll use both in my working life and sometimes personal too."
Second year trainee, London
"We have an in-house skills development team that always puts on inventive sessions including a networking workshop (that was actually really fun) and a stand-up comedy workshop. We also get regular training on soft-skills, systems and development. There are three-day department introduction programmes for every seat move and in-house Professional Skills Course sessions, which is convenient."
Second year trainee, London

2016

"Structured and well thought out. You are trained on the usual legal topics (depending on which team you are in) and also on non-legal topics like project management, networking and working with different personalities."
First year trainee, London
"There are a number of professional skills courses covering a broad range of areas such as drafting, negotiations, networking and client care."
Second year trainee, London
"At the start of each seat trainees have a week of training to introduce them to their new department. Throughout the seat there are many training sessions available (some compulsory, some optional). They happen on different levels: entire corporate department, smaller team training, trainee training, non-legal training, client facing materials etc."
First year trainee, London
"This depends on department – some are very good at this, others not so much. Plenty of extraneous, non-legal skills training."
First year trainee, London
"You benefit from departmental specific training before each seat, which is led by current associates and senior associates. Training tends to be very good and tailored specifically to what you need to know. You also receive more general IT training when you start."
First year trainee, London
"There's a wide range of seminars covering the legal knowledge you need plus general skills. Specialist departments have regular training sessions to keep you abreast of all developments."
First year trainee, London
"There's a series of departmental specific training with a course at the start of each seat followed by regular training seminars throughout. There's a huge amount of IT training available for those who want it."
First year trainee, London
"We have an extensive formal professional skills course programme, much of which is very useful."
Second year trainee, London
"There are weekly seminars on legal developments and market/client updates. We also have good know-how sharing and the initial training programme is very extensive."
First year trainee, London
"I think this is the firm's key strength. They run a broad range of legal and non-legal sessions including training on soft skills such as networking, personality profiling (not as creepy as it sounds and actually very useful), leadership and team building."
First year trainee, London

2015

"The firm has a good programme of start of seat training. Also the continual seminars with leading academics and practitioners that are on offer are really high quality."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a good emphasis on training on all levels. Training can be non-legal (e.g. personal skills) or legal (department or non-department specific)."
Second year trainee, London
"Each trainee sits in four departments over two years. I've learnt a range of skills from sitting with a trainer in each department, including drafting contracts, analysing problems and legal research. We also have pro bono tasks and other professional skills training."
Second year trainee, London
"I have found the training on offer to be very comprehensive. To me, it definitely seems like one of the best firms in the City in this regard."
Second year trainee, London
"I have had a good variety of training with personal impact and public speaking being the most fun."
Second year trainee, London
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