Informal Training & Mentoring

7.4 / 10

(based on 21 ratings in 2017)

2017

"Partners and associates are extremely accessible and eager to help."
First year trainee, London
"Mentoring is generally held on an informal basis. Although we are assigned partner mentors, most mentoring tends to happen more naturally through the people you work with."
Second year trainee, London
"Everyone is very accessible. Each trainee has a partner mentor and appraisals are conducted every six months."
Second year trainee, London
"Excellent. If you're good at building relationships and show a keenness to learn, senior lawyers will often try and involve trainees in the more interesting aspects of matters. You have to be proactive though, these opportunities won't just come to trainees by themselves. I constantly push for feedback and opportunities to engage in more interesting work."
First year trainee, London
"I have found everyone (senior partners, associates and support staff) to be extremely supportive. We are assigned a mentor, however, trainees quickly develop their own support networks within the firm. The partners are surprisingly approachable."
Second year trainee, London
"We do have partner mentors but I get the impression that they think it is for us to approach them. It would be more useful to have a junior associate as a mentor who we meet with more regularly. That said, if you show an interest in a department there are people who are willing to put the time into training you and often become informal mentors."
First year trainee, London
"We get appraisals at six, twelve and eighteen months, as well as useful feedback."
First year trainee, London
"It varies but they are broadly very friendly and give constructive feedback. You will always get praise if you do a good job here."
Second year trainee, London
"Many associates and partners within the office are keen to sit down and take you through the work that you have done while highlighting pitfalls and imparting technical knowledge of the particular legal area. Clearly, this is extremely positive. However, in terms of 'round-up' reviews and ongoing mentoring at the end of transactions or deals, this requires trainees to take the initiative and find time in the partner's diary in which to get this feedback. While not a negative per se, it can mean such feedback is not received (particularly during busy periods), which is unhelpful."
Second year trainee, London
"Although there is a formal mentoring system and regular six-monthly appraisals, busy workloads mean it can be difficult to get informal feedback. It is usually up to the trainee to organise meetings to get this feedback."
Second year trainee, London
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