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Formal Training

7.5 / 10

(based on 20 ratings in 2017)

2017

"There are a number of ongoing training programmes that are not department-specific. For example, the firm is running a series of non-contentious training sessions where junior fee earners from transactional departments come together for training on topics that may apply across practice areas. The firm's corporate social responsibility programme is very strong and participation is encouraged. I would highlight my involvement in this area as an example of how I have been able to develop my organisation and communication skills."
First year trainee, Southampton
"Training programmes are seminars or delivered online via virtual college."
First year trainee, London
"This is generally quite good. All of the trainees start their training contract in one place together and then get together at least a couple more times throughout the two years to do professional skills courses together. These are provided in-house with just BD trainees but it would be nice to occasionally have training sessions with trainees from other firms in the area. We have had professional skills courses on finance and business, a law firm as a business, negotiation and advocacy. We have also had training on client care and risk management."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"Broadly fine. Much of it depends upon the team in which you're sat."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"There's lots of additional training for trainees onwards. Varied training contracts with supervisors genuinely ensures you get a good and rounded experience. Some partners will also take an active interest in you and make sure they develop you."
First year trainee, Southampton
"Training varies from team to team. There is a lot of variety and you tend to work with all members of a team and sometimes across offices. I have picked up networking, communication and marketing skills as well as legal skills."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"The professional skills course is well run and organised. In-department training varies across the teams."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"The firm has a fantastic network of professional support lawyers and departments such as real estate provide regular updates and training, which really helps to keep your knowledge up to date. Negotiation and personality workshops have helped me to understand how to work more effectively with others."
First year trainee, Bristol

2016

"The professional skills courses are good. The rest is down to who your supervisor is."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Our professional skills course providers are excellent. Teams have their own periodic lunch time sessions."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"Professional skills courses can be dull but the advocacy course that's run in-house was brilliant."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"The firm does the professional skills course in house and brings in some excellent and engaging trainers. The courses are always very interactive and also serve as a good bonding opportunity for the trainees. We get to travel to other offices for training."
First year trainee, Newcastle

2015

"I think that good quality Professional Skills Course providers are used."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"There are training sessions run specifically for trainees, and then we are also invited to attend 0-3PQE training sessions too. I have picked up a number of legal skills, as well as non-legal skills such as networking, presentation and communication skills."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Certainly in my current seat, there have been lots of webinars to attend which has been really helpful. The Professional Skills Course is also always really good, and we get to meet up with the other trainees which is always fun."
First year trainee, Plymouth
"In terms of formal training the Professional Skills Courses are well run, and allow trainees from different offices to get together which is always a positive. I was lucky to have two client secondments and have picked up a range of project management and non-legal skills during those secondments."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"The firm runs a lot of training sessions that are relevant to the seat you are currently in, and you are welcome to request training at any time."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"I have found that the supervision is excellent and there are monthly Continuing Professional Development/commercial awareness training sessions."
First year trainee, Bristol
"There are the core Professional Skills Course and Advocacy Negotiation courses, but there is also an emphasis on your own learning in the office/team environment. All of the courses are run by outside professionals and I found that they were very engaging."
Second year trainee, Newcastle

2014

"The PSC training here is very good, and there are regular seminars and webinars."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"It is only my day one but already I've reviewed lots and attended a court for a hearing!"
First year trainee, Bristol
"The firm's training programme is quite informal - to get the best training, you have to be prepared to seek out opportunities to learn. Developing good working relationships and earning the trust of colleagues is essential to getting the most from the process."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"The induction and progression training is fantastic here. The induction training gets all trainees from every location in one place and gives them opportunity to meet key figures in the company, network, learn about the firm and expectations and have basic IT training ready for your first day in the office. By the time that you get to your desk on your first day in the office, you feel ready to dive in and further training happens throughout the year in specialised areas."
First year trainee, Southampton
"The PSC is very well organised but there are no other formal training sessions - it's a 'learn-on-the-job' type firm."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"The PSC tutors are very well selected and the internal training is a useful way of keeping the trainees up-to-date with developments in the law as well as interacting with other fee earners."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
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