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Informal Training & Mentoring

8.0 / 10

(based on 20 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Partners and senior lawyers are accessible and there is a formal mentoring scheme. However, as it is up to the trainees to utilise this, it can fall by the side."
Second year trainee, London
"The mentors have been fantastic. They have been very useful and helpful in terms of dealing with queries and providing overall support. The partners are very approachable and have offered a lot of key insight into the work involved. High-quality work is expected so, when it is given, it's not often praised. This means that, in some ways, hearing nothing is a good thing! If you make a mistake though, it will be made known to you very quickly."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"Thanks to the open-plan office, everyone is very accessible. Additionally, further to having a supervisor, you are also given two mentors: one is a qualified solicitor and one is a third-seat trainee."
First year trainee, London
"Each trainee gets assigned a mentor and this has been very helpful for me as I can discuss any doubts or issues I am having with an experienced mentor."
First year trainee, Rio de Janeiro / London
"My experience of supervisors has been excellent. Feedback has been comprehensive and useful."
First year trainee, London
"Mentors always seem happy to take your questions. The firm has also set up a scheme where, as well as your regular mentor, you have a mentor from another team and a sort of 'buddy' who you can always go to."
First year trainee, Glasgow
"Better than the formal training in my opinion. They do teach good soft skills."
Second year trainee, London
"I have two mentors and both are very helpful."
First year trainee, London

2015

"I was buddied with another trainee and an NQ solicitor in a mentoring programme where you get out what you put in. Solicitors and partners are all approachable and happy to help - time permitting."
First year trainee, London
"There is a good, formal mentoring scheme pairing you with other trainees at different parts of their training contract."
First year trainee, Rio de Janeiro
"I had a very good supervisor in my first seat. Colleagues are generally very good at making time to provide feedback and spending time teaching rather than just telling."
First year trainee, London
"The firm has given me great mentors: people are always willing to offer some time and they are always good at giving feedback (both good and bad)."
First year trainee, London
"Supervisors and partners always make time to explain and discuss tasks, including the background to and the importance of each small piece of work, so you can always see the value in your contribution and feel ready for more next time."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"The informal training system is good, in my opinion. Each trainee is assigned an appraiser (who will be a senior member of staff, though not a partner) and a solicitor as a mentor. Accessibility will depend on individual mentors as there are no set mentoring sessions and it is up to each trainee/mentor to determine how often they meet. Feedback is given at three monthly intervals, following each appraisal."
First year trainee, Edinburgh

2014

"Colleagues always very helpful and mentoring is a focus here to develop the next generation of talent."
Second year trainee, Glasgow
"Some of the associates and junior partners make very good mentors. All senior lawyers in the firm are very good at providing feedback and praise where it is due."
First year trainee, London
"Senior fee earners are very accessible and there is a strong appraiser and buddy system in place."
First year trainee, London
"All my supervisors have been incredibly supportive. They have tracked my progress through my training contract and always shown an interest, and when it came to qualification they have put in a good word for me. I feel my efforts have always been recognised and rewarded."
Second year trainee, london
"Quality of supervision varies massively. Some supervisors are absolutely awful. Luckily my current one is lovely! Appraisals don't seem to be fairly monitored across the intake with some departments or supervisors being very harsh and some being lenient."
First year trainee, London
"We have no started offering a mentoring scheme, with each group being made up of a first year trainee, a second year trainee and an NQ."
Second year trainee, London
"Generally the solicitors and partners are very accessible and friendly. They also recognise when you do a good job and usually thank you for it. In addition, graduate recruitment set up a mentoring scheme for new trainees so they have a trainee 'buddy' and usually an associate 'buddy' to informally discuss their experience here."
Second year trainee, Bristol

2013

"There is no clear mentoring scheme in place at the firm, and supervisors can vary in style/helpfulness/approachability. That said, the culture of the firm is such that it is not difficult to find someone to ask for help/advice independently."
First year trainee, London
"Solicitors and partners are always happy to talk to trainees."
First year trainee, London
"Again, this varies a lot depending on the department/individuals concerned, but most solicitors are very approachable and appreciate work done for them."
Second year trainee, London
"Lack of continuity in terms of support. For example, do not get assigned a mentor for whole of training contract and graduate recruitment always seems to be changing. However, associates and partners are generally very friendly."
Second year trainee, London
"I had a great supervisor in my first seat - who really cared about my development. The majority (though not all) of partners and senior associates make themselves very approachable."
First year trainee, London
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