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Informal Training & Mentoring

7.4 / 10

(based on 13 ratings in 2017)

2017

"It varies based on departments. Some solicitors and partners are very helpful and always have an open door, others aren't quite as accessible."
Second year trainee, London
"The on-the-job training is very good and your supervisor and associates will put in the effort to teach you and give you a broad range of good-quality work as the support and mentorship is excellent. I have regularly received feedback and praise upon completion of tasks and have never been turned away if I've had questions or needed an explanation for something."
Second year trainee, London
"Lawyers are generally very experienced and willing to teach."
Second year trainee, London
"Mentors are usually happy to provide feedback and most people will praise your work."
First year trainee, London
"There's a very good mentoring culture where fee earners are always willing to chat and give feedback or answer questions. You always get recognised for your part on a project."
First year trainee, London
"Everyone is very accessible and trainees are now sitting with partners, which means that you get a mix of work and feedback from both associates and partners. An effort is made to explain things effectively as well as providing information about the particular method of doing things at the firm."
First year trainee, London

2015

"The firm has stellar lawyers who in my experience make great teachers and mentors. Feedback is gleaned on a day-to-day basis from seeing how your work has been amended, and if you do a good job, you will often be told. Lawyers are very polite, and generally will always say thank you or apologise if you have to stay late - or even buy you chocolate! There are mid- and end-of-seat reviews where you have a proper chance to reflect with your supervisor."
First year trainee, London
"Generally people will tell you when you've done a good job. There is a buddy/mentor system in place which requires both you and your buddy to be proactive. Certain partners/associates are very good at thanking you for assistance, which makes a big difference."
First year trainee, London
"Solicitors and partners are very accessible, and I have had some incredible supervisors and mentors from senior associates and partners I have worked with."
First year trainee, London
"All lawyers are very accessible, and are usually good at giving feedback (even if a few need chasing up on it sometimes)."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"I have had good performance feedback from most lawyers (and can certainly be solicited if necessary). Everyone is very accessible."
First year trainee, London
"Both of my supervisors have been excellent; approachable, incredibly good at what they do, and good at giving constructive feedback, and have inspired me to take interest in their practice areas. The mid-seat review process allows both trainee and supervisor to highlight areas for improvement/areas the trainee would like to explore further."
First year trainee, London
"Accessibility of partners varies according to each individual. Some senior lawyers and partners are potentially good mentors but the onus is on the trainee to build the relationship, no particular initiative by the firm to ensure trainees get partner interaction."
First year trainee, London
"In the round, senior lawyers here do make good mentors. Some are (unsurprisingly) far better at encouragement and mentoring than others, but if you ask, help will be given."
First year trainee, London
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