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Formal Training

8.1 / 10

(based on 22 ratings in 2016)

2016

"We have regular internal training as well as an intensive two week course at the beginning of our employment. The firm also runs HL Base, an initiative which aims to get you thinking about what the client's goals are. This was very useful and we got given a pro bono client at the end of the course. Being involved with that client has helped me to gain exposure I may not otherwise have had."
First year trainee, London
"Plenty of training about particular practice areas once you begin a seat, though it can be somewhat repetitive at times from the work you do on the LPC."
First year trainee, London
"Equivalent to all other top firms as far as I have heard. Typical professional skills course training at the University of Law. Good in-house training on practice area specific skills, such as drafting legal opinions, updates to the law etc."
First year trainee, London
"The firm runs a social enterprise training session before you start – it's fantastic. It's a good way to network with younger lawyers from other offices and from our clients' legal teams. The speakers are great and the topics covered are very important and interesting. Departments offer their own training and there are general corporate/finance sessions that are very useful."
First year trainee, London
"Much of the training is done by each department. As a result it can be variable, depending on which department you are sitting in. Some departments invest more in their trainee's development than others. But in all cases, the open door atmosphere means that it's very easy (and expected) for trainees to ask questions and get further training and support."
Second year trainee, London
"Great supervisors. Department-specific training talks and meetings. Information packs. Helpful colleagues."
First year trainee, London
"Two weeks' training when you start your training contract on IT systems, research etc."
First year trainee, London
"Our firm seems to invest in this more than others, which is good. There is a relatively comprehensive set of courses that trainees attend to develop corporate, finance and dispute resolution skills. These are run internally in addition to the mandatory professional skills course training that trainees at all firms must do. I have generally found the session useful."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"The firm has a really strong training programme with an emphasis on soft skills as well as legal skills. But this is not so intrusive that you can't get on with your work."
Second year trainee, London
"There are a few training programmes but these are early on in the seat. Some of what is on offer is not always particularly relevant to what everyone is doing."
First year trainee, London
"The organised training sessions that the firm puts on are generally very good and useful."
Second year trainee, London
"The initial training we get as a group is good but once the cohort is split across departments it can be a bit hit and miss from one team to another."
Second year trainee, London
"We have continual formal training from associates and partners. Also, there are numerous lunchtime talks which encourage you to learn about non-law issues."
First year trainee, London

2014

"The training contract comprises four six-month seats. This is the best way to do it to get a feel and proper experience in the areas you sit. Non-legal skills I have picked up particularly include communication skills and teamwork."
Second year trainee, Hong Kong
"There is department-specific training in most seats. However, there is also general PSC training (i.e. advocacy/ corporate) and some development training. I think there could be more 'management' training for junior lawyers - i.e. how to network and build contacts, how to handle difficult clients, etc."
Second year trainee, London
"Much of the mandatory training during the training contract is done in-house at the firm. This is good for bonding with the intake. The quality of the training is also good."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm takes its training commitment seriously and the training which I have received in all departments has been good."
Second year trainee, London
"The commercial awareness training programme is very well run and very informative. Some of the training sessions run by the firm have been very useful (e.g. how to use certain computer-based research tools); others have been less helpful. The PSC Training, (which is contracted out to a law school), is variable in quality. The advocacy and oral communication skills training was very useful."
First year trainee, London

2013

"Training is all done in-house with carefully selected trainers. We get both non-legal skills based courses from communication skills, client care and business courses to legal which are department specific. These really help you settle in and get to work in a department and develop confidence as an individual."
First year trainee, London
"There is a two-week induction course before you start as a trainee and ongoing in-house PSC training throughout your training contract. Each time you move seats you also get in depth department specific training. These sessions are run by associates and partners therefore it is a good opportunity to get to know them."
First year trainee, London
"This is incredibly important and I believe HL has the best training programme in the city. We get the normal PSL training as well as in depth practice area training. All in-house."
Second year trainee, London
"Outside of work training, the extra training on offer is very good and varied, although perhaps there is too much of it in the first year."
Second year trainee, London
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