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Informal Training & Mentoring

8.3 / 10

(based on 24 ratings in 2016)

2016

"People are keen to give you background on, and ensure you understand, each case before giving you work, however trivial that work may be. The mentor system is good; every trainee is assigned a new qualifier."
First year trainee, London
"They are very approachable. Feedback is forthcoming and positive but they will also help you to learn and give you pointers."
First year trainee, London
"We have a trainee 'buddy' to whom you can go with any stupid questions you might have. That said, anyone around the office is usually happy to help too."
First year trainee, London
"It's organic, which works well but means you need to take responsibility for your own learning (this in itself can be good training)."
Second year trainee, London
"I have found the fee earners and partners very approachable. If you ask for feedback, they will give it."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a mentoring scheme with new qualifiers, which has been a really good point of contact. My supervisor has been great so far."
First year trainee, London
"Associates and partners are extremely accessible and, in my experience, good at providing informal teaching and giving useful feedback on my work."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"Partners and associates are very approachable and generally take the time to ensure you understand the task at hand, and teach you why something is being done as opposed to simply asking you to 'just get on with it'. There is good recognition and acknowledgement of work done and clients are always made aware of your involvement/help in a deal."
Second year trainee, London
"Informal mentoring is good; trainees get allocated a mentor throughout their LPC year so they have a point of contact that they can ask questions about the firm to, etc."
First year trainee, London
"I have had very accessible supervisors. They mostly know when to encourage independence and when to restrain."
First year trainee, London
"The appraisal system is good - there is a mid-seat and end-seat appraisal, so there is plenty of useful feedback to use and improve your performance. HR take a real interest in you as an individual and where you see your career moving, so you feel that you are very much in the driving seat of your development and career path."
Second year trainee, London
"All the partners and associates I have worked with so far have been good at giving the backdrop to the work they ask me to do, and giving me useful feedback on the work I do for them. They also try to avoid making me miss training sessions unless they need me urgently, as they view training as important."
First year trainee, London
"I have had very approachable, friendly supervisors who always have time to help you improve."
First year trainee, London
"All of my supervisors have been keen to help me learn, and generally the solicitors and partners are very good at explaining why I am doing a piece of work (and not just how to do it). We have relatively small cohorts, so they spend a lot of time training us and we receive regular feedback. If we work late or do a piece of work particularly well this is always recognised."
Second year trainee, London
"Trainees have supervisors and trainee 'buddies' who provide lots of support."
London

2014

"Partners are happy to be approached and give more junior people their time - I think they enjoy it!"
First year trainee, London
"The majority of mentors are very approachable and willing to offer any assistance and advice, no matter how stupid the question may be. Feedback is very good, with appraisal meetings held every three months to discuss general performance, areas for improvement and to set objectives going forward."
Second year trainee, London
"Partners and solicitors are always very happy to help and explain things (as long as you don't keep asking the same thing!). As a trainee, you get a NQ as a buddy who is always on hand to answer any questions."
First year trainee, London
"Excellent feedback is given by supervisors and an interest is taken in your development. Departments make an effort to keep in touch with your progress when you move to your next seat. Asking questions is encouraged and recognition is definitely given."
First year trainee, London
"We have appraisals every three months. The standard of mentoring you get depends on the solicitors and partners involved; some are more approachable than others."
First year trainee, London
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