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Formal Training

9.2 / 10

(based on 11 ratings in 2016)

2016

"The firm has a very good training programme. Before you begin work in the office, the firm takes all trainees away on a week-long residential where you undertake one of the modules of the professional skills course. This was a really good opportunity to get to know your fellow trainees. Each seat has different training methods, but on the whole each team runs a range of training sessions."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"Training contracts are made up of six four-month seats spent in different departments. Your seat choices are accommodated as far as is possible. For each seat you have a mid-seat and an end-of-seat review, which are aimed at helping you recognise your strengths and weaknesses and establish next steps for improvement. A lot of training is practical and gained through experience and feedback. I have greatly enhanced my written, drafting, research and communication skills this way. Technical training is also provided in monthly team updates and the firm is also subscribed to a large number of electronic resources that provide regular legal updates."
Second year trainee, Norwich
"Partnership with local chambers to provide up-to-date case law training in family law. External professional skills course providers were great. Also allowed trainees from all six offices to train together and socialise as a wider firm."
Second year trainee, Norwich
"The training courses are very well organised and the firm provides many opportunities to take a wide range of training courses."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"Six seats. Opportunity to go and do a seat in a different office."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"Comprehensive professional skills course programme. Lots of other opportunities for formal and informal training."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"The training programmes are really useful. For instance, there is training on networking and client care."
Second year trainee, Cambridge

2015

"The training contract consists of six four-month seats and trainee preference is accommodated for as far as is possible. As well as the legal and non-legal skills developed through tasks completed within seats, such as drafting, research, communication and time management skills, formal training is provided regularly. This training includes team updates and team-specific external training."
First year trainee, Norwich
"We have a really excellent six seat training contract. Moving every four months takes some getting used to, but by the end of it you'll have a much better idea of what the firm does, what you like or dislike, and how to adapt to different teams and the work that they offer."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"The firm provides monthly updates for each department. This is a great way to stay up-to-date with the law and commercial issues."
First year trainee, Norwich
"The training is good; some teams and individuals are particularly good at helping trainees to develop. There are a range of lunchtime training sessions which trainees are encouraged to attend. Trainees may also attend training provided for junior lawyers e.g. sessions on networking skills. This is in addition to the Professional Skills Course. Trainees develop a range of technical and soft skills over the two year training period."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"The Professional Skills Course is instructive but the real training is on-the-job. As a first year the focus was on the core non-legal skills, (in particular organisation and time-management skills). Throughout, emphasis is placed on attention to detail and client skills."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"I am a big fan of the six seat system at Mills & Reeve. I have been able to experience five different areas of law and am now undertaking a run in seat in the team where I will qualify. This means upon qualification I will hit the ground running. There are plenty of training courses put on by the firm to meet individual's CPD requirements and you will also attend the compulsory Professional Skills Course in your two years as a trainee."
Second year trainee, Norwich
"The compulsory training sessions for trainees are really useful - learning about everything from financial and business skills to advocacy. We got to spend a week in a very posh conference centre at the beginning of the training contract for a training course - it was very sociable and relaxed!"
First year trainee, Cambridge

2014

"The training programme is a structured one over two years, incorporating essential SRA required modules and optional ones that the firm provides. Some of the most useful sessions have included client-friendly legal drafting, personal impact and advocacy."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"PSC training is provided by Fresh and is good-quality. It is also a good chance to meet up with trainees in other offices."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"On starting at the firm, there is lots of training in a short space of time to get you up to speed on the IT systems, etc."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"You train with all the trainees in your intake so keeping in touch is really easy. The training is spread across the different office locations so you also get the meet other colleagues. The training programmes are really interesting and interactive so you get the most from it."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Extensive training both practical on-the-job and through practical skills courses."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"Excellent training programme. Well organised internally from the Learning & Development team."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"The PSC modules are usually very interesting and they contribute to achieving a diverse skill set from advocacy to time recording. The four-months seats system ensures trainees are exposed to diverse areas of law and practice. Depending on seats, the feedback from supervisors during formal feedback sessions is thorough."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"The firm is known for some of the best training that can be given to trainees. PSC courses include the compulsories as well as electives for communication skills."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"The training programmes at Mills & Reeve are really good. We have legal updates for each NSL every month and the opportunity to join other seminars is open to anyone who is interested. The IT training is very thorough and any queries the IT team are easy to access for help or further training."
First year trainee, Norwich

2013

"The training started even before I set foot in the office! All first year trainees go on a residential PSC in Cambridge, which is on Financial and Business Skills, with an exam at the end. You only have to take one exam during your training contract, and Mills & Reeve like for you to get this out of the way first. Mills & Reeve do look after you throughout your training - everything is very organised. You are assigned a Training Principal and in each seat you have a different supervisor. You have mid-seat and end-of-seat reviews with very detailed review sheets which is really useful to be able to reflect back on what you are doing/have done."
First year trainee, Norwich
"We have the opportunity to sit in six different areas of law which provides great exposure over the two year training period. In my construction seat there was a lot of focus on analysing legal contracts and interpreting them correctly. In my health care seat, I have learned a great deal about Coroner's inquests from bundle preparation to post inquest reporting."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"There is a trainee checklist to adhere to. Eye to detail is a skill that I've picked up."
First year trainee, Cambridge
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