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Informal Training & Mentoring

8.0 / 10

(based on 22 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Solicitors and partners are generally very approachable."
First year trainee, London
"There is a partner mentor for each trainee, which is a good idea. Formal feedback is relatively thorough and done by way of mid-seat and end-of-seat appraisals. There should, however, be more of a culture of informal feedback by supervisors done on an iterative basis. There should also be more informal recognition and appreciation of good work and diligence."
Second year trainee, London
"You are assigned a partner mentor at the beginning; mine has been very accessible. Formal feedback on work is sporadic, though you do get a feel for how you are doing based on the changes that associates make when they review your work."
First year trainee, London
"Partners are generally very friendly, but praise and recognition depends on particular solicitors/partners."
Second year trainee, London
"Varies according to seat. Some partners are very approachable; some less so."
Second year trainee, London
"Feedback I have received so far has been very thorough and helpful. If you want to talk to a partner you are easily able to do so. You also have a contact partner who is supposed to assist you with career choices etc, which I have found hugely helpful. Generally, I feel that people are keen to help out and invested in your career."
First year trainee, London
"I have received good feedback from the senior lawyers I work with. In particular, I have had a lot of chances to ask questions from senior lawyers and they have always been willing to take time to explain things to me."
First year trainee, London
"We have an informal mid-seat appraisal and a formal end-of-seat appraisal. My supervisors have also given me helpful and regular feedback. Trainees are also given a 'contact partner' with whom they can have further conversations about their progress if they wish."
Second year trainee, London
"Generally speaking, the lawyers that I have worked with have provided guidance and advice to me throughout my training contract. I have always felt able to ask for help where necessary. We have mid- and end-of-seat appraisals, which formalises the mentoring process."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"The informal training and feedback you get is very dependent on the team, however, people are generally very accessible and happy to help. It is easy to establish a mentoring relationship if you would like one."
First year trainee, London
"I would have to say that the mentoring aspect of the firm could be improved. For example, I would like to see the introduction of a formal mentoring/buddy scheme for first year trainees."
First year trainee, London
"During my time here I have found that lawyers at the firm are very approachable and good mentors."
First year trainee, London
"In my department the associates are always on hand to help or answer questions. There is not a great culture of feedback and it seems the onus is on you to ask for it, although there is an appraisal process which happens mid-seat and at the end of each seat."
First year trainee, London
"Everyone is so approachable, especially in my team. They are all willing to explain things to me and help me in any way they can. The only thing I would say, is that I do not get much feedback on how I am doing!"
First year trainee, London
"Trainees get lots of feedback generally. People are always happy to answer questions or provide more information if needed."
First year trainee, London

2014

"The open-door nature is very helpful to junior lawyers. Those more senior are happy to help out. You receive regular feedback and, (where it's warranted), praise/recognition for the work you've put in."
Second year trainee, Hong Kong
"We are allocated a Contact Partner as a mentor. My Contact Partner has always been very available to have coffee, chat on the phone, give me advice when making applications for secondments and takes a genuine interest in my career progression and well being. A few of my supervisors have made excellent mentors and regularly give me feedback and recognition and following the end of my seat we continue to meet for lunch/drinks."
Second year trainee, London
"Most people are willing to give detailed feedback, and I have had two excellent supervisors. People say thank you and offer praise where it is due."
First year trainee, London
"I have never yet been refused time with an associate or a partner when I have asked for it."
Second year trainee, London
"In my experience, there is a very high standard of mentoring at the firm. I receive regular and constructive feedback."
Second year trainee, London
"The partners and solicitors are, in general, keen to mentor trainees and encourage enthusiasm."
Second year trainee, London
"Solicitors and partners are generally quite accessible however I've yet to have much in the way of feedback (although I have appraisals due)."
First year trainee, London

2013

"All supervisors are senior associates or partners and when you need assistance from a partner you can walk into their office with no concerns about hierarchy. All work that is returned is commented on at the time and there are quarterly appraisals."
First year trainee, London
"Mixed. Some people give a lot of feedback, some positive, some people like to take credit for your work - this happens everywhere I assume."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a general lack of feedback across the board. Trainees are appointed a mentor upon joining the firm and I do not know of any trainees that have met their mentors more than once (as was obligatory in the week of joining)."
Second year trainee, London
"Great mentors from different areas of the firm. The partners are very accessible and this is proving to be true both in London and on international secondment. Appraisals and performance feedback are frequent so that you get constructive criticism and praise/recognition frequently which is helpful."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a trainee contact partner you meet with after every seat change to discuss any problems/issues with training. However, they can't do or say very much. Little very useful support on offer. HR have little influence over helping with the type of training you receive on the job. You have the usual mid-seat appraisals (voluntary so not many do these) and end-of-seat appraisals. However, many people are approachable for feedback along the way."
Second year trainee, London
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