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Informal Training & Mentoring

7.5 / 10

(based on 40 ratings in 2016)


"The office has a strong mentoring programme that you can choose to join. It's been really helpful to have a senior fee earner provide guidance to me on a one-to-one basis away from the department."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"A genuine open-door policy. Most, if not all, partners are accessible and happy to give advice when asked. Supervisors equally so. There's generally a very good level of feedback for tasks and partners/associates have shown appreciation for work on numerous occasions."
First year trainee, London
"Excellent mentoring and support. The mid- and end-of-seat review processes are taken seriously throughout the firm and are always very formal and helpful for trainees. We are given feedback and praise regularly when appropriate."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"Very accessible but the quality of mentoring/feedback differs depending on individuals (usually younger fee earners are more eager to help you learn and develop)."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"Depends on the department but I've found that solicitors are willing to give feedback if prompted and people are forthcoming with praise and constructive criticism, which is good."
First year trainee, London
"I have been able to build really good working relationships with my supervisors. The fee earners and partners are really approachable and clearly interested in you as a person."
First year trainee, Birminghham
"Depends on the atmosphere of the department and who your supervisors are. One of the departments I was in gives exceptionally good feedback and trainees are thanked/sent positive comments when they've done a good job. In another of the departments, little feedback was offered and it was hard to know how you were doing."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Feedback is given at the mid- and end-of-seat review stage but aside from this feedback can be limited unless asked for."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"Mentoring is available to everyone, not just trainees. I benefited a great deal from meeting with my mentor during the first year of my training contract. It can be very reassuring to have someone from outside of your department provide you with support and guidance (and let you know that you are 'doing okay')."
Second year trainee, London
"DLA runs a formal mentoring scheme, which is optional and confidential. Fee earners of all levels are paired with a more experienced fee earner depending on the skills you want to develop. Trainees have a mid-seat and end-of-seat review, during which feedback is given from your supervisor and other fee earners. People are also happy to provided interim feedback and provide recognition for trainees in any publication for work done on successful deals."
Second year trainee, Manchester


"Feedback is given formally at the mid- and end-mark of the seats. There is also a mentoring scheme, whereby you can request a mentor from outside the department, which can be used to set specific goals, or discuss career aspirations and how to achieve them."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Each trainee is assigned a supervisor, and they will usually sit in the same office. All of my supervisors have been very open and friendly, and I feel comfortable asking them questions about the work and the firm. However, there have been occasions when supervisors may be leaving the firm and the trainee can be left in a slightly awkward position when they are not followed up with a swift replacement."
Second year trainee, London
"Mentoring is one area in which my experience has been excellent at DLA Piper. In every seat I have undertaken I have had an faultless supervisor, as well as excellent supervision, and mentoring by junior associates in the team. The junior associates are approachable without fail and they are willing to share their knowledge and help out. I have also heard good things with the boards for issues relating to career development."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"The firm's mentoring scheme could have been publicised to a wider audience to ensure that it can work at its most effective level."
Second year trainee, London
"Both solicitors and partners are accessible, with solicitors being more accessible than partners, but I had expected this. I think that performance feedback is rigorous and well-considered, and good work is recognised at the firm."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"I cannot speak highly enough of the network of support in our office from the top down. Partners and associates do their utmost to make you feel valued and supported."
Second year trainee, Liverpool
"I think that a buddy scheme at the firm would be useful, especially in the first two to three months of the training contract."
First year trainee, Leeds
"While I have had some mentors who didn't live up to expectations; I have had some fantastic supervisors and mentors. While some do not seem to adapt to the role of a mentor very easily, I have found most to be very personable."
Second year trainee, London
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