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Formal Training

8.1 / 10

(based on 44 ratings in 2015)

2015

"I believe that the firm offers extensive training, and it is given by knowledgeable associates."
First year trainee, London
"I have found that training is provided as the Solicitors Regulation Authority requires, but training is mostly done on the job."
First year trainee, London
"The training programmes in each department are highly specialised, and go hand-in-hand with the practical experience we attain in our tasks. As a result, we develop a great deal."
First year trainee, London
"Training does vary as it is organised by each department, but I do think that training is of a consistently high level."
Second year trainee, London
"As a result of the training programmes at the firm I believe that I have become a lot more organised and willing to take on responsibility."
First year trainee, London
"The training is of a good standard throughout the departments, and I have found that the majority of them take the time to get to know trainees, and to introduce them to the sort of work that they do. Formal training is also generally good."
Second year trainee, London
"We have extensive training at Freshfields: team training, departmental training, specialist training, sector group training and topical training. I think that there is plenty of training; no matter which area of the firm you are working in, and it enables you to be constantly learning and improving."
Second year trainee, London
"I have found that there is excellent training, in both general terms and in each department while you are there."
Second year trainee, London
"Training continued throughout the contact: there was general training at the beginning of the training contract; a department-specific induction; regular training on legal updates and hot topics and the Solicitors Regulation Authority required courses."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Aside from all the compulsory SRA courses, the firm puts on a number of additional courses which are quite useful (e.g. Managing Pressure). Each department also offers regular training, both specifically to trainees and general sessions which all are welcome to attend."
Second year trainee, London
"The mandatory professional skills training is high quality. Ad hoc departmental training is good too and there is lots of it. We are kept on top of developments in the law and in the firm."
Second year trainee, London
"I have received great training, both legal and non-legal, including on soft skills like negotiations and managing pressure."
First year trainee, London
"Freshfields offers good in-house training, both general and department-specific."
Second year trainee, London
"The training is very good at the start and throughout the training contract. Some teams also have a lot more trainee training during your seat."
First year trainee, London
"Our three-month seat programme is fantastic as you can both try more practice areas as well as leave a seat earlier if you find that it is not for you. There are weekly training programmes and team meetings which teach us about new legal topics as well as various courses one can take voluntarily. Working with the best demands the best and this drives you to learn quickly."
First year trainee, London
"I didn’t expect that training would play such a central role. We have, what feels like, a fairly continuous flow of team specific training sessions. Some of these are specific to deals recently completed by the team and others are more generally pitched to train you on the kind of work undertaken by a certain subgroup."
First year trainee, London

2013

"Very good comprehensive training programme. Training in departments can be variable."
First year trainee, London
"Training is generally excellent, but is occasionally repeated where trainees would benefit more from time spent in the office learning on-the-job."
First year trainee, London
"Extensive, weekly team meetings which incorporate training and client/sector/group updates and there are at least two/three training sessions being run by different sub-teams which you will be invited to."
First year trainee, London
"Lots of interesting sessions provided by HR such as managing your personal brand, managing outlook, etc."
First year trainee, London
"Training programmes are ongoing and pitched at different levels so that they are always relevant."
Newly qualified solicitor, London
"Not much formal training focused on trainees - varies by department though."
Second year trainee, London
"Training is excellent. It is ongoing, there are plenty of opportunities to develop technical legal skills alongside the commercial stuff."
First year trainee, London
"Three month rotation is excellent as it offers opportunity to see a greater variety of practices."
First year trainee, London
"Training is well organised in each team. Non-legal training is really picked up on-the-job, but there is a push towards better IT skills."
First year trainee, London
"Regular, thorough, up-to-date and frequent training."
First year trainee, London
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