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Informal Training & Mentoring

7.7 / 10

(based on 26 ratings in 2016)

2016

"This is great. I really benefit from working with senior people who are willing to take time out of their day to teach you. People will usually provide feedback when asked. There's a real emphasis on training here."
First year trainee, London
"Most people will happily sit down and explain work."
Second year trainee, London
"We have a lot of good processes in place, including partner mentors as well as a dedicated supervisor. Often work gets in the way of seniors having time to properly explain things or engage with you, but that is to be expected."
First year trainee, London
"The firm has made recent improvements in this area, such as diarising mid-seat meetings with trainees and their partner mentors (on top of end-of-seat meetings) and devising trainee constituencies for partners on the trainee solicitors committee, so that it is clear who you should approach with an issue."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is putting in a lot of effort in this area to make sure every trainee has more than enough support."
First year trainee, London
"Feedback could perhaps be given more regularly, but on-the-job training is very good."
Second year trainee, London
"This varies – but on the whole partners and senior solicitors are accessible and open to providing feedback, once you have asked for it."
First year trainee, London

2015

"Solicitors and partners are very accessible. Supervisors must attend feedback seminars."
First year trainee, London
"I believe that there is a good level of informal mentoring."
First year trainee, London
"My principal takes me out for lunch every couple of months. We have end-of-seat reviews with both supervisors and, separately, the principal and another partner. Most partners are very approachable and I feel that I could talk to them if there were an issue."
First year trainee, London
"Accessibility to associates is excellent; they always seem to have time for you. Accessibility to partners is very good, but obviously you have to pick your moments a little more. Feedback is not always given, but it is given if you ask and also for the most important jobs. Associates/partners are not shy to tell you if you have done a particularly good job on something."
Second year trainee, London
"Solicitors and partners are accessible. You just need to be aware of when the best time to go in to see someone is, which is both practical and obvious. Thanks are given where a job is done well."
First year trainee, London
"Mentoring is very much an individual personality thing - some people set aside a lot of time to train you and help you on matters, whereas others take a more 'learn on the job' approach and will only correct you when you're wrong, rather than provide guidance beforehand."
First year trainee, London
"I can see that informal training and mentoring are both very good: senior lawyers have a lot of time and respect for trainees and are always willing to explain even tedious and basic points."
First year trainee, London

2014

"I have found it easy to talk to anyone regarding issues I may have or for advice on a certain point."
First year trainee, London
"I have found mentors to be very accessible and make time to explain things; they're friendly and there's definitely an 'open-door' policy here."
First year trainee, London
"Personally, my supervisor is fantastic and teaches me rather than leaving me to my own devices."
First year trainee, London
"There is a lot of guidance for trainees at Macfarlanes."
Second year trainee, London
"I have been lucky to have a very conscientious supervisor who has been very busy and so able to give me lots of work to be getting on with. Additionally, he is a very laid-back character and has always been on-hand to offer advice, as well as to draw to my attention things that I need to improve on."
First year trainee, London
"I have a principal and a supervisor. My principal is the person who oversees my entire training contract and he regularly takes me out for dinners and coffees. My supervisor then oversees my day-to-day work. They always have time for questions and truly want you to know and understand the work that you are involved in."
Second year trainee, London
"I have found that informal training can occasionally be a little 'hands off' but it is generally very good with supervision/mentoring. 'The open-door' policy means that a wide variety of people are very accessible."
First year trainee, London
"Every trainee is given a partner mentor who guides them throughout their training contract, and this role is taken very seriously."
Second year trainee, London
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