Informal Training & Mentoring

8.2 / 10

(based on 5 ratings in 2017)

2017

"Partners are extremely approachable and I always get feedback that enables me to improve."
First year trainee, Plymouth
"Informal training varies across the departments with some supervisors offering a good amount of time to give feedback and to fine-tune your development objectives and plans for reaching these. All supervisors that I have worked for focus on your strengths and areas for improvement. There is also an internal mentoring programme that I, as someone starting out in the firm, have found very useful with seat selections and general advice. In terms of accessibility, partners generally make time for trainees and are very approachable."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"There is always someone on hand to speak to if you get stuck with anything as we sit open-plan, which is really good. I get work passed to me from across the department and the instructions are usually quite clear. Lawyers are also open to you querying things with them if needed. You mostly get feedback on your work without needing to push for it as well, which is really helpful."
First year trainee, Plymouth
"Solicitors and even partners will always make time for you."
First year trainee, Plymouth

2016

"Each trainee is assigned a buddy at the start of their training contract within their team. They are also assigned a second year trainee buddy and then given the opportunity to pick a partner mentor."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"Each trainee is paired with a buddy (often a solicitor or an associate) and also a supervisor (a partner or senior associate). I also have a mentor who is a partner in a completely separate area of the firm."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"I have a partner as a mentor and have found this to be a very useful, and accessible, tool thus far. You have to understand they can be busy but, from my experience, all fee earners are willing to take the time to mentor in an informal capacity when requested."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"Very accessible. My mentor is a partner who sits opposite me."
First year trainee, Plymouth
"Support is always available and feedback is always constructive."
First year trainee, Exeter
"We have many levels of support: from the 'buddy' in your department who is there to give you support and tips to your supervisor who oversees how you are getting on in that department to the training coordinators and HR. In addition, most people in the firm have a 'mentor' from a different department and of higher position to be a neutral sounding board for any thoughts or concerns you may have."
First year trainee, Taunton
"Each trainee has access to a partner as a mentor, which is really helpful when you want to discuss something with someone other than your supervisor. I have always had access to feedback about my work and most other members of staff are more than happy to take some time to talk through anything with you."
First year trainee, Exeter
"This depends on the individual but for the most part people will take the time to explain things to you if you ask."
First year trainee, Exeter
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