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Informal Training & Mentoring

8.1 / 10

(based on 8 ratings in 2018)

2018

"Our mentors are generally helpful with feedback and criticism."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"There is no trainee mentorship or buddy system with new qualifiers, which I think is a shame. However, despite the lack of any formal system being in place, we do get a lot of support from the teams we're in purely because everyone is so open and willing to help you."
First year trainee, Nottingham
"I have come across partners in each team I have worked in who continue to give advice now that I have moved on. The same can be said for associates who have helped me to make seat choices. Everyone makes sure to give praise where praise is due and we are constantly nominating each other for exceptional client service awards."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Everyone is very accessible and that makes for great informal training. The firm's focus on trainees trickles down to most fee-earners and almost all make good mentors."
Second year trainee, London
"Solicitors and partners are always happy to help and are patient. The firm focuses on the fact that trainees are in the office to learn and so they provide a lot of opportunities to do so by both observing and performing tasks."
First year trainee, Nottingham
"Individuals are accessible and helpful throughout the firm's hierarchy. I interact with partners on a daily basis and it is fantastic to learn from more experienced lawyers. They're always willing to pass on helpful tips and to help us learn."
Second year trainee, Nottingham

2017

"The open-plan office encourages you to approach solicitors and partners for work. Feedback is usually good but it can take some chasing to get full feedback when teams are busy."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"Informal training and mentoring is excellent. All senior members of staff and partners are very accessible and provide excellent and honest feedback."
Second year trainee, London
"Everyone is really accessible and happy to make time for you to discuss work. However, due to the business of the firm, it can sometimes feel like, perhaps, you are not getting as much supervision as you feel you need."
First year trainee, Nottingham
"Open-plan offices make people very accessible and everyone I have approached has been willing to assist."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"I have had good experiences with solicitors and partners wanting to mentor me and help me to develop by providing constructive feedback. I've also been taken out for coffee/lunch to chat about my performance and development."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"All individuals in the firm are accessible and it is good to learn from their experiences and knowledge. Supervision has been fantastic and always constructive to enable me to develop and learn to become more experienced in skills such as drafting, writing letters and speaking to clients on the telephone."
First year trainee, Nottingham
"I have been lucky in having good supervisors, from whom I have learned a great deal just from working alongside. I get an appraisal every three months and the mid-seat appraisal is a good chance to take stock of how things are going and set objectives for the remainder of your seat."
First year trainee, Nottingham
"From experience, the solicitors and partners are very accessible (not always in person but at least over email) and supportive. They're good at recognising contributions in matters and work."
First year trainee, Nottingham
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