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Formal Training

7.9 / 10

(based on 14 ratings in 2016)

2016

"This varies team to team. Generally, there has been a fair bit of training on case law updates, process changes, and clear communication."
First year trainee, Bristol
"Very varied. Supervisors are interested in your development of legal skills as well as soft skills."
First year trainee, London
"The induction training is comprehensive and sets you up for your first day in the office. It is also nice to spend a couple of weeks with the other trainees before starting and really getting to know each other. In addition there are frequent talks by counsel, case managers and experts that are helpful for all levels. Trainees are always invited to attend."
First year trainee, Manchester
"It depends on the seat. In banking there is an eight week real estate finance training course, which is challenging but excellent. In real estate you have a one hour training session each of real estate tax, construction, planning, corporate support and real estate finance as well as other ad hoc training. There could be more training on other non-legal skills organised by the firm (rather than the trainees having to ask for it)."
First year trainee, London
"The training contract is very varied in terms of seat rotation. For instance, I have picked up client care skills in family law, research skills in asbestos law, and case strategy skills in medical law. There have also been a lot of court hearings and inquests and you do pick up advocacy skills. The firm is also very keen for trainees to get involved with networking, client and charity events, and volunteering in the community. You quickly pick up good networking skills."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"The firm regularly has department-specific training that trainees are encouraged to attend. As a trainee you are encouraged to broaden your horizons by getting involved in networking events and pro bono."
First year trainee, Birmingham

2015

"Training at Irwin Mitchell is good and varied. We receive a range of formal and soft skill sessions. The courses are beneficial to both your work and for you as an individual, rather than simply being to tick to a box for your training contract."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"I undertook Professional Skills Courses, and had training courses during all seats while at Irwin Mitchell."
Second year trainee, London
"When the trainees first join the firm, we were all together from all offices, so we got to know each other for two weeks. During this time we did two of the compulsory Professional Skills Courses. The firm lets you know in advance when your next courses are, and they provide accommodation and food allowances. Non-legal skills are also acknowledged during the training process: at the end of the two weeks we got to volunteer in the local community, with a vegetable patch and gardening, which was very rewarding."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"Aside from the compulsory Professional Skills Courses, there have not been many opportunities for structured training. However, training within the practice areas is brilliant, and is focused on the individual trainee's development."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"The training is very good at the firm. Alongside your seats, we attend regular training sessions on a variety of topics, and can request training on anything that we feel unsure about."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"The Professional Skills Courses here have been very well run, and they give us a chance to meet with the other trainees from different offices."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"I have improved on all aspects of my legal knowledge throughout the training process, including drafting and researching, and I have gained confidence in my abilities."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"There are constant seminars and training sessions, both within the firm and at chambers, and trainees are encouraged to attend."
First year trainee, Manchester
"I was trained in a range of drafting skills and client care skills, among others, as well as building on my knowledge of the law."
First year trainee, Leeds

2014

"Lots of training available both internal and external, for example: interacting with Brain Injured clients, social media training, etc."
Second year trainee, Sheffield
"Lots of really great training, both black letter law and soft skills, for example: networking training and presentation skills."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"Specific networking and social media training has been provided. IM are members of all of the key knowledge management services and subscribe to a variety of different webinars and other training materials making it easy to ensure that you are continually developing both legal and non-legal skills."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"In the Bristol Office, the partners and fee earners work hard to ensure that we receive good training."
First year trainee, Bristol
"Good range of legal experience offered and opportunities to become involved in business development."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"We did electives with University of Law in drafting and another module, all on one site so it was great to catch up with all the trainees from all over the country. We have regular exposure to webinars, seminars (which the firm pays for), JLD events (again, membership is paid for). We are often asked to present which improves our presentation skills, train, write legally related articles and network, which are all transferable non law specific skills."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"The training is excellent. I have developed all sorts of skills some of which include business development, communication, drafting, managing expectations, how to deal with the press, legal procedure and case management tactics, etc."
Second year trainee, London
"The training opportunities vary from department to department. We learn about legal updates, rehabilitation programs, assistive technology, cost updates and quantification of case updates amongst other things."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"Training is offered all the time. Some is very general, some very specific and you can pick and choose what to attend unless it is deemed to be compulsory training. I've picked up accountancy skills, medical knowledge, knowledge of rehabilitation, networking skills, how the legal sector interacts with other market sectors. Too many to mention."
First year trainee, Leeds
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