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Informal Training & Mentoring

8.3 / 10

(based on 19 ratings in 2016)

2016

"The fee earners are very accessible and happy to help. Supervisors are well chosen, providing support and advice to ensure that you can get the most out of each seat. The appraisal process ensures that your progress throughout each seat and your training contract covers all of the skills that you need and everyone works hard to ensure you get exposed to as many things as possible."
First year trainee, London
"Associates that work with trainees tend to be more willing and able to explain the context and background to matters you're working on. Partners are sometimes too busy but can be very helpful in explaining things. Performance feedback is limited initially but you receive plenty of praise for each task completed."
First year trainee, London
"Depends on your supervisor, but I've found feedback can sometimes be too general and could benefit from being more specific."
First year trainee, London
"My experience has been great in this respect. You have a mid-seat review and an end-of-seat review. The mid-seat review is a good opportunity to say what you would like to improve on and what you would like to be exposed to. Solicitors generally give you credit for the work you have done when reporting back to partners. If you are in the middle of a deal and you do something really well, you might not necessarily be praised for it at the time but when things have completed and calmed down, people will always thank you for your help and let you know if you have done well."
Second year trainee, London
"Solicitors and partners have all been very welcoming to me as a first seat trainee. All will take the time to explain complex issues and give guidance on the trainee role."
First year trainee, London
"Feedback is readily available and all levels of fee earners are easily approachable. Would benefit from an initial buddy during first few weeks of first seat (ie a trainee in another intake or new qualifier)."
First year trainee, London

2015

"Trainees have mid-seat and end-of-seat appraisals with feedback from solicitors they have worked for."
First year trainee, London
"Everybody is very approachable, and most solicitors and partners are happy to take time to answer your questions and give you feedback."
First year trainee, London
"My supervisor is a partner in the Disputes Department who was involved straight away by participating in advocacy training. Colleagues at the firm are always willing to share their knowledge and experience if you're willing to learn."
First year trainee, London
"My supervisor is extremely clear, and explains not only the directions but the matter thoroughly to provide me with a better idea of why I am being asked to complete the tasks I have been allocated."
First year trainee, London
"Everyone goes out of their way to explain the context to the work you're expected to do, and questions are encouraged."
First year trainee, London
"From personal experience, mentors and supervisors have been keen and enthusiastic when helping trainees. Performance feedback is always constructive."
First year trainee, London
"I have sat with counsel or a partner in every seat, including a very senior partner. The partners and fee earners at all levels of the firm are very approachable and willing to get involved with social events, etc."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"Supervisors and partners appreciate the effort put into good work, and are very supportive and encouraging."
First year trainee, London
"There is no formal mentoring process. I have had very good experiences with my supervisors, however, this varies from trainee to trainee."
First year trainee, London
"'Open-door' policy - you can always ask other associates and partners for guidance and they are happy to answer queries with full explanations."
First year trainee, London
"Varying standards of supervisor; I've had two excellent, one average and one bad. We have mid-seat and end-of-seat appraisals, which is when you formally get given good or bad feedback. It's supervisor-dependent as to whether you get any recognition in between these appraisals. We do not have a formal mentoring scheme although I think there is a plan to implement one."
Second year trainee, London
"Generally speaking, feedback is very forthcoming and people take a genuine interest in trainee development, which really encourages you to improve."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"It really depends on who your supervisor is. I would say the majority of the supervisors are extremely approachable and willing to mentor. There are end-of-seat reviews and a mid-seat review in the first seat as well for performance feedback."
First year trainee, London
"Supervisors have always had time, including when very busy to point me in the right direction, and are happy to take questions/comments."
First year trainee, London
"Generally supervision is good and in my experience supervisors have gone out of their way to ensure I am being 'trained' by them."
Second year trainee, Dubai
"Excellent supervisor in my first seat - takes time to fully explain context of each task - obvious he wants to help."
First year trainee, London
"This depends on the supervisor but in my experience I've had supervisors who have taken a genuine interest in my progress."
Second year trainee, London
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