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Formal Training

7.4 / 10

(based on 14 ratings in 2016)

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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