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Formal Training

8.5 / 10

(based on 12 ratings in 2018)

2018

"Everyone at Bristows has the opportunity to learn a language, which is a very useful non-legal skill and something I really welcomed. There is an introductory talk to each department and regular know-how meetings within the teams."
First year trainee, London
"We are part of the INN group training, so receive invitations to lots of sessions throughout the year at other law firms on various topics. There are internal 'know-how' meetings every couple of weeks, which are useful for learning what is going on within the firm. We also complete Solicitors Regulation Authority required courses with an external trainer."
Second year trainee, London
"There are regular internal and external training seminars to attend. There is some very useful legal training but also some basic training about certain industry areas (for example life sciences or technology)."
Second year trainee, London
"I've picked up skills in negotiation, time management, prioritising and communication among many other things."
First year trainee, London
"Bristows tries to help you to develop a broad range of skills and takes your feedback on what you feel you would like to try more of into account."
First year trainee, London
"Training in legal research and practical skills (such as bundling and liaising with court) is continually reinforced with formal training. There is also a wide variety of legal and scientific seminars given at the firm as well as IT skills and team-specific training."
First year trainee, London

2017

"There are lots of group know-how meetings and lunches as well as trainee-only sessions."
First year trainee, London
"There are training sessions upon starting at the firm and then seminars and professional skills courses throughout the training contract. However, more of a formal training framework could be helpful."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm provides training sessions on various topics for trainees during the first six months. Each department also has some of its own sessions. Trainees are also encouraged to attend department-wide know-how and training sessions for any department, not just the one they are sat in. Bristows is also part of the INN Group, which has regular lunchtime seminars on recent legal developments that we are encouraged to go to."
First year trainee, London
"Our training programme has recently improved with more departmental training on specific practical topics such as drafting IP clauses. There is an over-reliance on the INN Group training (training with similar firms at lunch times) in my opinion. While these talks can be interesting, they are not that practical for trainees who need to learn the basic skills. I would have expected more training on patents but the firm does pay for new qualifiers to take various academic courses such as the Oxford IP course or the King's College course on competition law. It's a shame that these more extensive courses are not available to trainees as it would have really helped me to understand the work I was doing while in any given department."
Second year trainee, London

2016

"Various legal presentations. I've also undertaken soft skills training such as networking and effective speed reading."
First year trainee, London
"First year trainees have lunchtime training sessions to introduce the different departments in the firm. After that, there are external training sessions such as the INN group seminars and internal know-how meetings."
First year trainee, London
"There are regular training sessions from updates on the law to developing soft skills such as networking or negotiating."
First year trainee, London
"Training is very good. We have access to lots of talks; associates and partners take development reviews seriously; we also often get given tasks pushing us to learn/improve and feedback to refine."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm collaborates with some other firms in the area to provide training such as talks on different topics by barristers. Some talks are very useful and interesting. We also do four electives on the professional skills course and there is additional firm specific training at the start of the training contract. Would be good if we had a precedent bank assisted by a professional support lawyer, but as we are a small intake it's easy to ask other trainers whether they have come across a particular precedent before."
London
"I like the fact that we can do a mixture of three- and six-month seats as this gives us the opportunity to see lots of different parts of the firm. We have the opportunity to attend regular INN group sessions. We had introductions to each department in the firm but unfortunately quite a few of them got cancelled."
First year trainee, London
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