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Informal Training & Mentoring

7.5 / 10

(based on 19 ratings in 2017)

2017

"The partners are remarkably approachable and friendly. Fee earners from across the team (not just supervisors) are very willing to provide feedback in a constructive manner. This has allowed me to feel like a valued member of the firm despite only being a trainee."
First year trainee, Southampton
"Everyone is very accessible and they always try to help (they come back to you if they can't help immediately)."
First year trainee, Normally Plymouth currently London
"Managers are quite accessible and the open-door policy is followed. Performance feedback is given on a regular basis but it is up to the trainee to set it up and chase mentors for feedback. Praise is received from partners (though it is delivered by associates) but recognition is often missed if you are quiet about it."
First year trainee, London
"Solicitors and partners are generally very accessible and are always willing to talk you through something or get you involved in areas you have an interest in. Formal feedback comes in the form of mid-seat and end-of-seat appraisals. End-of-seat appraisals are used in new qualifier job applications. Depending on the people you're working with, some may give feedback after a particular piece of work and some may not."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"Staff are very accessible so you just have to find a convenient time for them. Feedback on specific pieces of work varies depending on who your supervisor is."
First year trainee,
"Most partners and solicitors at the firm are approachable. The only time people wouldn't offer to assist is if they were extremely busy. People are generally happy to open up about their experiences and also want to help develop you by offering performance feedback."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"Performance feedback is constant if you go out and ask for it, which you should. The firm wants you to succeed."
First year trainee, Bristol

2016

"All fee earners are very supportive and trainee supervisors are excellent."
Second year trainee, Newcastle upon Tyne
"My supervisors have all been great. They're very supportive and always available for a chat – even after moving seats. One of my supervisors was constantly running through the new qualifier process, which was great. I do think that the regular one on ones with supervisors could be more consistent but, as you're sharing a room with them, I can see why this may not be seen as necessary."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"Very accessible and approachable."
First year trainee, Bristol
"Everyone wants trainees to learn. You are not treated as a burden, but as the future."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"I have found members of staff at all levels very approachable and keen to impart their knowledge and feedback."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"There are appraisals every three months (mid- and end-of-seat) and first-seat trainees have a meeting every month. You sit with your supervisor so you get constant feedback."
First year trainee, London

2015

"From my experience, pretty much everyone has been willing to supervise and provide feedback."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"I think that there are great mentors available at the firm, and find that senior associates and partners will always listen to you."
First year trainee, Bristol
"I think that all solicitors and partners are extremely approachable, and they are always willing to sit down and discuss feedback on work. I feel that I have been appreciated in both of my seats, and that I have been praised for my efforts where appropriate."
First year trainee, Leeds
"In my current seat I would say that the informal training is excellent, and that my supervisor is really good at taking the time to explain things to me when needed."
First year trainee, Plymouth
"I have had a range of supervisors at different levels within the firm, from associate to partner, and have learned different skills from each. It is hugely encouraging to receive positive feedback on attitude and approach from partners."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"Trainees are assigned a trainee mentor, and supervisors are also approachable and helpful."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"I think that everyone is very accessible, and they are willing to put the time into training and development. There is also an assigned mentor who is there to provide support outside of the training programme."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"When I joined, there was a 'buddy' system where you were paired up with a second year trainee, but I know that this scheme no longer exists, which is a shame as I thought it was very good. Performance feedback is done in your mid and end of seat appraisals, and this is normally a very informal and brief chat about your seat."
Second year trainee, Southampton
"Solicitors and partners are very accessible and make good mentors. I think that feedback here is constructive and you are pushed to reach your full potential."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"I have a formal mentor, but I think that I probably gain most value from solicitors in the team. Generally feedback is forthcoming, and you get thanked for the work you do."
Second year trainee, Newcastle

2014

"Each trainee has a mentor as well as a supervisor which is useful as we are able to talk to someone who is somewhat removed from the formal training programme."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"So far during my experience, my supervisor has been brilliant, taking the time to train me on a system and properly induct me into the team."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The informal training and mentoring at the firm has been very accessible."
First year trainee, Bristol
"Every seat I undertook allowed me access to excellent informal mentoring from solicitors, particularly those at the junior end of the scale."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"The solicitors and partners are fantastic mentors as they have all been internally trained, and are very much there to ensure you get the best training in a breadth and depth of work."
First year trainee, Southampton
"Informal training is very accesible, with great mentors and a mentor scheme which the firm operates is very useful. Appraisals are a good opportunity to review progress - you get out of them what you put in."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"I feel that we have numerous levels of support here at Bond Dickinson."
First year trainee, Newcastle
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