Formal Training

8.0 / 10

(based on 16 ratings in 2017)

2017

"The firm does a lot of training for trainees including advocacy etc."
Second year trainee, Taunton
"Training is generally improving over time with the recent formation of a specific learning and development team."
Newly qualified solicitor, Bristol
"The firm runs mandatory training sessions for trainees each month, which are useful in developing a broad range of skills and understanding as they range from analysis of legal changes or updates, to discussions regarding enforcement and document management. We also attend the professional skills course in our first year, which is helpful to embed the knowledge picked up on the legal practice course into our work in the office."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"On the whole, the training programme is good. HR try to develop the programme year on year to take the thoughts of previous trainees on board. There are numerous training sessions both internally and with outside speakers in an attempt to better your presentation, negotiation, networking and advocacy skills. This is in addition to a lot of legal and department-specific training."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"The training programmes are incredible. We get a number of additional training courses to those offered on the professional skills course. I have certainly become more aware of my strengths and weaknesses."
First year trainee, Exeter
"The firm invests a lot of time and money into our training. We have had training on networking, persuading and influencing and advocacy training from litigators within the firm."
First year trainee, Exeter
"We have had internal presentation training and advocacy training. These were both very useful and helped me to feel more prepared. We are required to attend continued personal development sessions for civil litigation, which have been mixed."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The level of training seems good so far. The firm often brings in external speakers to give additional training, which has been excellent and very useful."
First year trainee, Bristol
"As a second year, I feel that the training is becoming repetitive and largely based around sales pitches for external companies trying to promote their services. The sessions are mainly geared towards litigation and so not particularly relevant for those interested in transnational work. The training provided by individual departments is much more interesting and useful."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"Most recently the firm have brought in The Really Great Training Company who are fantastic and really know what they are talking about. People skills are really important in this line of work and it is great to see the learning and development team recognising this."
First year trainee, Taunton

2016

"We attend the 'professional skills course' in our second seat. There is also a monthly training session on different areas of law. IT training is provided regularly on all of the usual packages."
First year trainee, Bristol
"Money laundering, IT and CPD courses run regularly in work."
First year trainee, Exeter
"There is a dedicated training academy within the firm that is always running various training sessions. We also often have outside speakers to provide further training."
First year trainee, Exeter
"We attended the 'professional skills course' as a group in Exeter and it was great to get to see the other trainees and bond. The firm also regularly holds workshops and webinars to provide further training. These have included litigation training, networking and accounts."
Second year trainee, London
"In busy departments it can be a little difficult to have things explained as well as they could be. But you can always ask questions and others are always willing to help."
First year trainee, London
"Internal department training sessions are incredibly useful, and the initial induction provided to us during the first two weeks of the training contract was also very helpful."
First year trainee, Exeter
"Your development is very much down to you, but the firm provides regular training sessions and seminars on a variety of topics eg monthly litigation-related seminars."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"The firm has set up an "Academy" for both trainees and ongoing training for all staff which is really good. It also covers plenty of non-legal skills."
First year trainee, Taunton - Somerset
"There is a thorough trainee induction programme as well as monthly training sessions for the whole firm on various topics, with external speakers giving talks. Each department also has training relatively regularly."
First year trainee, Exeter

2015

"There is a thorough induction week at the beginning of the training contract including IT and research skills. Once you are in your departments the training depends upon your individual supervisor. I have had the opportunity to pick up negotiation and drafting skills."
First year trainee, Exeter
"Internal training is organised frequently (usually once a month) and covers a wide range of topics. Departmental 'know-how' sessions are also common, where more specific topics can be discussed."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"The Ashfords Academy means staff at all levels are provided with training in all developmental and technical areas. Training is tailored to departments and individuals; I can't imagine better training being offered by any firm!"
First year trainee, Exeter
"Each department has a training programme to keep fee earners up-to-date and achieve their CPD hours. Trainees attend their department's training sessions and are also required to attend all litigation training sessions. In addition to this the firm has recently introduced a piece of 'self service' training software, which has training sessions available on aspects of professional development (non-legal)."
First year trainee, Bristol
"All trainees have an induction programme in their first week which introduces the computer systems at Ashfords and the lifestyle of Ashfords. Each department regularly runs their own training sessions, often with external speakers relevant to that department. This has provided legal skills in a full range of things including the drafting of corporate documents and handling cost budgets for the courts."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"In terms of formal training, there are seminars running throughout training contract, and some are especially for trainees."
Second year trainee, Exeter

2014

"Formal training varies from department to department. In my current department I attend monthly training sessions run by senior partners in the firm. This has helped increase our awareness of legal developments and techniques in drafting various corporate documents. All trainees were also part of an induction programme when they first started at Ashfords - this included training on the various computer systems and tips on how to get the best out of networking events."
First year trainee, Exeter
"Training is generally good, but there is a lot crammed into a few days so would be better to concentrate on specific aspects."
Second year trainee, Plymouth
"The majority of training is carried out within departments. The firm is very flexible when making arrangements for PSC."
First year trainee, London
"We get constant training throughout two years."
Second year trainee, Exeter
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