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Formal Training

8.6 / 10

(based on 24 ratings in 2016)

2016

"There is a lot on client-focus, which helps you to understand the client and see things from their perspective."
First year trainee, London
"I had very comprehensive training that included interpersonal skills, how to make an impression and other useful on-the-job skills."
First year trainee, London
"There was an in-depth week of induction before starting the first seat of the training contract and there have been regular training sessions organised to develop all kinds of skills, as well as give feedback for future sessions."
First year trainee, London
"It's a bit front-loaded. We do a lot of training in the first few weeks of the training contract and it can be a lot to take in. There are lots of lunchtime seminars for any fee earner to attend and we are part of a consortium whereby we can attend seminars that the other firms are putting on. Each department does introductory training for trainees when they start a seat and some do extra training for trainees and new qualifiers on technical points relevant to the department. So it's pretty good."
Second year trainee, London
"The training has been comprehensive and continues throughout the training contract. We are introduced to all elements of the business and encouraged to think as fee earners from day one. There are almost daily briefs and seminars given across the firm, which we are encouraged to go to and the knowledge and learning resources are great."
First year trainee, London
"We had a whole week of inductions where we were taught about the firm's values, aims and the whole process of trying to get new business. We were also given personal training on how to make good impressions and how to manage your time etc."
First year trainee, London
"The induction programme was very good and elaborated on every area of the firm, which really helped me find my feet. Once I got to my desk I had very good departmental training to really put me in the right direction."
First year trainee, London
"The training is full on and continues throughout your training contract and career. It's front loaded and you spend a lot of your time training in the first two months. It's essentially the most useful bits of the legal practice course and a masters in business administration."
First year trainee, London

2015

"There are a large number of training sessions held in the initial weeks, focusing on firm systems, the business of a law firm, etc. These are supplemented by practice area specific inductions that take place each seat rotation. The level of seminars is typically very high, with good attendance and a variety of speakers both from within and from outside the firm."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a good training programme with varied courses on offer, for example an online MBA. The junior associates take an active role in running the legal elements of our training."
Second year trainee, London
"There is firm-wide and departmental training. Trainees are given lots of opportunity for self-improvement in the areas they feel necessary."
First year trainee, London
"The training programme is pretty comprehensive and timetabled to all happen as early as possible, which is when you need it."
First year trainee, London
"There is a formal training programme which continues once you qualify. There are also numerous training sessions tailored to particular departments which are very helpful."
Second year trainee, London
"I have had excellent training throughout my training contract - from things such as developing my personal brand early in my career to ensuring that trainees understand how accounts work."
London
"There is regular trainee training when you start, and there are firm-wide training sessions run at lunch times."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"The firm takes a personal approach to your career development ensuring you get at least two of your seat preferences. You have appraisals every three months to evaluate your performance, discuss areas for improvement and set objectives for the following few months. Supervisors are good in making sure you get a variety of work so that you are able to develop a wide range of skills. Various training sessions are organised for trainees, ranging from drafting and negotiation skills, team working, general contract law, legal research, advocacy and presentation skills, time management and client care."
Second year trainee, London
"There are regular training sessions for all departments. Trainees get drafting-skills training."
First year trainee, London
"There are compulsory commercial awareness training sessions within some of the departments and a number of seminars run by senior associates/partners/external experts. Trainees have compulsory drafting training sessions. I would probably say formal legal training could be more frequent as I have picked up most of my legal skills by trial and error and 'on the job'."
First year trainee, London
"I have picked up communication, presentation and negotiation skills - there are a lot of opportunities to broaden non-legal skills. All sessions are very well run. I would like to see more IT skill training though."
Second year trainee, London
"A fantastic training session programme is available. Examples of the non-legal skills I have picked up are presentation skills and negotiation skills. The firm holds an annual four-part series for negotiation skills open to trainees through to partners allowing you to practice negotiations against all levels of seniority."
First year trainee, London
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