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Informal Training & Mentoring

7.8 / 10

(based on 17 ratings in 2017)

2017

"All staff are very approachable and some teams have a mentoring scheme where, in addition to your supervisor, you are paired with a junior associate for more informal guidance from a peer. There is a thorough mid-seat and end-of-seat appraisal system so that you are aware of your progress and feedback."
Second year trainee, London
"This can vary from person to person but feedback, praise and recognition are generally given. People are always generally accessible when advice is needed."
First year trainee, London
"Everyone is very accessible for feedback. We have two appraisals each seat but no mentoring."
First year trainee, London
"The partners are generally very accessible but they do not all make the best mentors as their day-to-day work is dramatically different to my own and often they are too busy to devote time to mentoring trainees. The best feedback and mentoring I have had is from the associates whom I work with. When I do get feedback, it is generally fair and, if I have made any mistakes, I am fairly criticised for them."
First year trainee, London
"In my personal experience, partners have sometimes been inaccessible as they are too busy trying to keep up with business to worry about the trainee. However, I had two senior associates take me under their wing and give me advice, even after I had moved on to other departments."
First year trainee, London
"Supervisors are accessible and, in my experience, always happy to take time out of their day to help. Appraisals are very hit and miss. There is a set of criteria to meet but each supervisor assesses whether this is met differently, which means appraisals can seem inconsistent."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"People are very accessible on the whole and I've been really privileged to have some excellent (informal) mentors as a trainee."
Second year trainee, London
"All the formal and informal supervisors I have worked for have been outstanding and approachable throughout my training contract. The partners I have worked for have been great, taking time to explain things when necessary and affording appropriate (but still challenging) levels of responsibility for files and tasks."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"You are supervised by the entire team and are usually sat with your supervising partner for direct supervision. My experience has been that everyone is very friendly and willing to help mentor you. We have a mid-seat review and an end-of-seat review for each seat. This is the main form of feedback you receive throughout your training contract."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"Mentors at the firm are very well chosen and considerate."
First year trainee, London
"In my experience there was nothing official provided."
First year trainee, London
"Some of the supervisors here are very good, but in other cases the supervisors are not much concerned about whether or not a trainee learns something during his or her training contract. I found that the partners are even sometimes not trying to be aware of what the trainee is working on. That said, this was probably the biggest, and truly the only negative point I have noticed during my training contract so far."
Second year trainee, London
"There is mostly good mentoring in the teams, but this is obviously subject to the workload, among other things."
Second year trainee, London
"This comes down to the trainee really as they need to make full use of the mentor programme themselves to feel its benefits. I have found partners and all fee earners genuinely very approachable."
First year trainee, London
"The partners I have had have been great mentors, and the feedback programme is consistent and attentive to trainee needs."
First year trainee, London
"While mentoring and informal training does depend on the partner/supervisor, in my current seat I have found that I do get recognition if I do a good job."
First year trainee, London

2014

"The partners and associates are very accessible. I have received excellent feedback in my appraisals and I feel that my efforts, quality of work (and hours) are noticed and very much appreciated."
First year trainee, London
"In my experience everyone is willing to explain issues and give feedback, but with some individuals you have to specifically ask for feedback if you want it."
First year trainee, London
"Partners are very willing to discuss next seats/career plan with you. We also get mid-seat and end of seat appraisals. Associates are happy to discuss international seats/options with you from an associate's perspective."
First year trainee, London
"Partners and supervisors always seem willing to give up the time to give detailed feedback both in formal CDRs and informally. Trainees usually share an office with a partner or senior associate, which makes it easy for informal feedback and mentoring to take place."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"It varies, although I have been fortunate with the support and encouragement I have received. I have been praised/thanked for both my commitment and enthusiasm, from clients and colleagues alike. We are also given mid-seat and end-of-seat appraisals which provides a good opportunity to receive feedback."
First year trainee, London
"Variable, some of the associates always make time for you. The partners are less accessible. There is no credit-stealing but sometimes you do not get feedback on work."
First year trainee, London
"Trainees are appraised every three months formally (mid-seat and end-of-seat appraisals) and are appraised almost on a daily basis informally. Partners/associates are always willing to discuss your work and help you improve. My previous supervisor would purposely assign me particular tasks if he knew I had no previous experience in the area. Generally very good mentoring from supervisors."
First year trainee, London
"Well designed appraisal system at the three-month and six-month stage of each seat and informal feedback is given on a regular basis."
First year trainee, Manchester / Abu Dhabi
"Different partners and associates have different ways of working, instructing and communicating with the others on the team. It can sometimes be easier to fit in with some people's styles than others: but it is a good learning experience to try to work with a wide variety of people."
First year trainee, London
"Different people are better at this than others. If you get a busy supervisor, it can be difficult to get constructive feedback outside of formal appraisals."
First year trainee, London
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