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Informal Training & Mentoring

7.5 / 10

(based on 15 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Most partners are excellent mentors, although some are very busy and it can take time for them to carry out performance reviews and check in on how you are doing."
First year trainee, London
"Mixed. Some of the mentoring has been very good and I have received a good amount of feedback. In some departments, this is much less prevalent."
Second year trainee, London
"In my experience, fee earners are generally willing to sit down with you and give their time to explain what you are working on to help your progression."
First year trainee, London
"It differs from person to person. In my first seat, I had little supervision from my supervisor due to his workload and so it was more dependent on who I was working for. I often received little praise or feedback. In my current seat it is fantastic. My supervisor holds a keen interest in overseeing what work I am doing. In every task, no matter the size, I have been thanked and had either positive or constructive feedback given."
First year trainee, London
"Supervisors I have had have been excellent, especially with regards to keeping an eye on workload."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a mentoring scheme. I have not chosen to appoint anyone, but it is encouraged. In terms of work performance and praise, the partners tend to be very good at praising you for good work. They say thank you, which is always very much appreciated. I was taken out for lunch by one partner after a substantial piece of work."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"The firm offers excellent informal training and mentoring. Partners take an active interest in your development and go out of their way to help you grow."
Second year trainee, London
"I think all trainees have been able to build themselves a support network of more senior lawyers, and there are lots of lawyers here who take a real interest in trainee development."
Second year trainee, London
"I have found associates and partners are always keen to discuss your work and explain their own work if they have the time."
First year trainee, London
"A mentoring scheme is being set up, but is yet to be rolled out."
First year trainee, London
"It goes without saying that some senior lawyers make better mentors than others. On the whole, my experience is that partners do care about development but are understandably constrained by time."
First year trainee, London
"All of my supervisors have been excellent at providing me with support and feedback throughout my training contract, be that on a formal basis during appraisals or on a more ad hoc and informal basis when they think it would benefit me or when I ask specific questions. They have also been very good at recognising spells of particularly hard work and have offered praise for any work done particularly well."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"The solicitors and partners are very accessible, but it would be good for trainees to have a mentor partner who stayed the same throughout the training contract."
Second year trainee, London
"We have interim and end-of-seat appraisals during each rotation. Members of the team are always willing to put aside time to give advice and feedback."
Second year trainee, London
"Senior associates are very approachable and won't mind checking through work before submitting it to partners. Partners expect high quality work, but will provide feedback regularly, especially if you request it."
First year trainee, London
"I have been very impressed with my supervisor and the fee earners on the transactions I have worked on, who have taken the time to make sure I understand what we are doing and why. I also feel comfortable going to them if I am unsure about anything I am doing."
First year trainee, London
"There is always someone around who is accessible and happy to mentor, even if this person is not necessarily your supervisor."
First year trainee, London

2013

"Depends very much on the supervisor. 'Buddy' systems with junior associates in the dept rarely work, though most people are quite approachable for advice."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm provides a very good support structure. We have 'buddies', 'supervisors', 'monthly trainee support groups' and many friends. We have interim appraisals and end of seat appraisals and there is a constant dialogue of feedback from associates and partners."
First year trainee, London
"More junior associates (one-five years PQE) tend to be the best sources of advice and recognition. Partner-trainee relationship tends to be more difficult due to time constraints though mid- and end-of-seat appraisals help."
Second year trainee, London
"Regularly appraised, if you take a particular interest in a department, the department is likely to take an interest in you and help you develop your skills and potential."
Second year trainee, London
"I think people here are really good at saying "thank you" and for appreciating hard work. Supervisors regularly give feedback and appraisals are scheduled every three months throughout your training contract."
Second year trainee, London
"On the whole, the solicitors and partners are very approachable and there is a good balance between allowing you to improve and expecting top quality work from you."
First year trainee, London
"'Open-door' policy means you can go and talk to anyone at any time, subject to how busy they are. Head of department is very forthcoming. Supervisor is usually good when not too busy. Would like more feedback all round though."
First year trainee, London
"I think this depends on the team - some supervisors are very supportive and friendly, others are less so. However, that's just their personality. There is a tendency for appraisals and feedback sessions to be postponed or cancelled, but they eventually get one!"
Second year trainee, London
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