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Formal Training

8.0 / 10

(based on 22 ratings in 2016)

2016

"The training is exceptional. We get a lot of support, not just the day-to-day legal support from supervisors/teams, but also from HR, IT and business services. The firm organises a number of talks from internal and external professionals (we recently had a talk from a financial director about effectively reading company accounts). I usually attend at least one lunchtime training session per week (which includes a free lunch). We also have regular meetings with HR (mid-seat and end-of-seat) to discuss how our training is going, what else we'd like to develop and whether there is anything that we've not yet experienced or need more help with."
First year trainee, Bristol
"We have good IT training sessions that run frequently. Department-based training sessions vary in format but are all good and fairly frequent."
First year trainee, Bristol
"Training is very thorough and covers a lot of bases. The recent use of new external providers has really upped the quality and style of training too."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"There is a lot of support throughout the training contract as you are sat in the same room as your supervisor. There are also multiple reviews so you can keep track of your progress. We have 12 in total throughout the two-year training."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"Most of the formal legal training takes place at lunchtime and can be in webinar format."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"There are so many training sessions going on from legal/department/sector specific to IT and other soft skills. I am now a master of PowerPoint!"
First year trainee, Bristol
"There is a mixture of training both internal and external. Some departments, like employment and litigation, have regular 'back to basics' training on various areas of the law or recent changes. As far as skills are concerned, trainees in particular get good presentation skills training, advocacy training and negotiating training, principally through the professional skills course."
Second year trainee, Bristol

2015

"We have a great mix of training from quite formal sessions to less formal knowledge sharing round-tables and lunches. Some training comes from external trainers and guest speakers, and some from key departmental figures. It's nice that it's recognised that fee earners at all levels have useful knowledge to contribute. At the moment I'm also attending fortnightly beginners French classes."
First year trainee, Bristol
"There are a number of training courses on offer (e.g. for IT skills, Excel, etc.)"
Second year trainee, Bristol
"Our training contract is very structured yet the HR team are increasingly flexible: real effort is now made to get to know the trainees and their career goals."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"There are frequent technical training sessions in each department. It is also possible to receive training in any IT package that would be useful to your work. I have considerably improve my IT skills."
First year trainee, Bristol
"A lot of time is spent in-house on training and continuing professional development. As a trainee, there's also the additional Professional Skills Course requirements which, by and large, are well presented. I would say that, very occasionally, there seems to be training for training's sake and it is treated as such by both the presenters and the attendees."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"In my experience the firm offers exceptional training. It is very well structured and monitored so that you can really chart your progress as you go through the training contract. The firm provides a very supportive environment which is extremely helpful for training. I can already see a marked improvement in my writing, communication and legal research skills as well as specific skills such as dictation and delegation which we are encouraged to work on from the outset."
First year trainee, Bristol

2014

"Formal training programmes are well thought out and comprehensive. We are encouraged to improve time-management, interpersonal and presentation skills."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"Training is taken very seriously and there is lots of support available for those who wish to study further."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The six-seat structure allows you to experience a wider variety of the firm's departments. The legal skills come as you progress through, as do non-legal. You need a certain amount of self-awareness as the current feedback structure is sometimes a bit subjective and/or vague."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"There are many training programmes on offer such as IT programmes, training to improve presentation skills and many others. I am currently signed up to take an Excel course."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The PSC that the firm runs is spread over two years. It starts with a three-week initial induction which is information heavy but a nice way to settle in."
First year trainee, Bristol
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