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Formal Training

8.1 / 10

(based on 21 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Seat variations offer a great deal of exposure to a range of practice areas. Trainees are encouraged to try out as many different seats as possible, however, the firm won't hold you back if you want to focus on one particular area. Trainees tend to have a lot of hands-on interaction with matters, and will often be able to build up relationships with clients."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"Each seat has induction training and various training updates are provided for all fee earners during the course of the year. HR also provide training on non-legal skills such as networking, and supervisors are often more than willing to allow you to attend external seminars."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Training took two weeks, and included the professional skills course qualifications that are required by the solicitors regulation authority. The two weeks were a lot of fun and it was a great opportunity to meet people, as well as get the necessary training to start the training contract."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Law Society specific TCPD (trainee continuing professional development) is carried out externally, so there is free choice on what you pick. Internally, a lot of soft skills courses are run as well as departmental training."
Second year trainee, Edinburgh
"Excellent training so far with a good mix of responsibility and supervision."
First year trainee, London
"There are opportunities to sign on for additional training."
Second year trainee, Liverpool
"Continuous training programme both as a trainee and within departments. As a trainee, formal department/practice group training is held at each rotation. This is a great introduction to an area, and also a great way to meet all the other trainees from the different offices."
Second year trainee, Manchester

2015

"The Professional Skills Course is well organised and we do it with all the other trainees from the offices, and this creates a very strong trainee relationship as a whole. Trainee dinners once a year are also a great way to interact with fellow trainees from different offices as well as senior member of the firm. I picked up a variety of skills."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"We undertake the Professional Skills Course with BPP. Outside of the core modules, we have had training in relation to alternative dispute resolution and commercial contracts. These have been extremely useful, particularly in relation to soft skills, such as approaches to negotiation."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"Before each seat DWF takes its trainees to Manchester to do an induction on the area they are about to move into. This is a great taster before your first day in a new seat, particularly if it is an area you have never experienced before. There are also regular opportunities to progress your knowledge and understanding of an area of law throughout your training contract, whether this is an area you are currently sat in, or some other area of interest."
First year trainee, Leeds
"We have a good availability of online courses that are available to study whenever suits you. They teach team skills, time management and personality recognition. Each team has responsibility for legal training which is often delivered in conference suites or via video link if from other offices."
First year trainee, Manchester
"At DWF, trainees do six four-month seats, which means you get to experience a broader range of legal departments. You also get the opportunity to do a seat in a different location, repeat a seat that you have really enjoyed and go out on secondments. There is also departmental training in each department to revise things you may have touched on (and forgotten about) on the Legal Practice Course."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"There is a two week induction at the start of the training contract, and further IT or department training at every seat move."
First year trainee, Manchester

2014

"Training is very good. You can ask to get more involved with this and ask for personal training and development."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Training at DWF is very good. There is an induction at the start of each seat which is helpful. There are a variety of training courses that you can attend whilst in each seat."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"Training contracts are comprised of six, four-month seats. At the beginning of every seat, trainees attend a firm-wide formal department-specific training course at DWF's Manchester office. There are also mid-seat and end-of-seat reviews to check on development and trainees' experiences within their seat. Trainees also receive training on networking and there are many opportunities to attend internal and external networking events."
First year trainee, Newcastle upon Tyne
"Unusually we offer six four-month seats. This enables us to experience a broad range of areas and we do have the opportunity to resit seats if we particularly enjoy them. We have a high level of partner supervision including a mid-seat review and end of seat appraisal which means we are continuously building our skills. The use of Objective Manager means we can easily set targets and document which ones we have achieved."
First year trainee, Newcastle upon Tyne
"Some parts of the PSC are dealt with in the induction with attendance at the College of Law. Most practice groups have their own induction programme which trainees attend at the beginning of their seat. Legal knowledge is usually gained through training with the department. Non-legal skills and strategies are normally picked up from members of the team who are all happy to share their experiences."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Training here is excellent. We have trainee breakfasts with the Executive Partner in our office each month - firstly, we chat about what's going on in the office/firm, give feedback and discuss and issues and then we invite a young professional from another industry will talk to us about their career (e.g. a surveyor or a fund manager)."
Second year trainee, Birmingham

2013

"The training programme is very good and the six seat rotation gives trainees a chance to experience a variety of different areas. Have developed various legal skills including drafting, case management, interviewing, case analysis, etc. There are also various in-house training seminars and modules which are very useful in developing knowledge and skills in specific areas."
First year trainee, London
"The training programme is excellent we have dedicated trainee supervisors who guide us through our training and ensure we are being exposed to the right amount of work and gaining as much experience as possible."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"Mixed quality of supervision across departments. Generally strong. Improved time management and business development skills throughout."
Newly qualified solicitor, Manchester
"The first two induction weeks were great - the trainees got a thorough introduction to the firm, its values and the IT systems. We also began some of our PSC modules and got the opportunity to get to know the other trainees really well. During your training you will be required to attend training sessions on non-legal skills such as an interactive presentation skills workshop. There are also regular seminars in each team to provide legal updates and you will be sent regular updates with available training workshops that you can ask to attend. When you begin new seats such as insurance or corporate, you are invited to attend workshops that provide you with basic knowledge in that legal area, which is extremely helpful if you have never worked in that department before. Broadly, there is a lot of training and support available for trainees and beyond qualification."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"Training is very good - there are always training sessions to go on and I'm encouraged to attend external training. I've picked up presentation skills and drafting/negotiating skills."
First year trainee, Glasgow
"Trainees are encouraged and supported hugely by the firm and the Graduate HR team. Bespoke courses, specific to the trainees are run throughout the contract including 'how to think like a lawyer', 'drafting skills' and 'presentation skills' training."
Second year trainee, Manchester
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