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Informal Training & Mentoring

8.7 / 10

(based on 11 ratings in 2016)

2016

"All the solicitors/partners I've worked with so far have been extremely approachable and are always happy to help, even on the smallest of issues. Trainees are allocated a partner to act as your training principle, who mentors you throughout the training contract. I've found this extremely beneficial, especially during seat moves. During each seat, you have an informal mid-seat review with your supervisor to discuss progress and areas to build on. At the end of each seat, there is an in-depth performance review that is used to monitor progress throughout the training contract."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"I have a buddy who is a second-year trainee and a training principal who is a partner."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"While we have two formal reviews during each seat, everyone is always keen to provide feedback. Naturally, the nature of this will vary between departments and can sometimes be in-depth, verbal analysis or a brief 'thank you' email. However, it is all helpful and heartening and makes you realise that you are appreciated within the firm."
Second year trainee, Norwich
"Trainees have an allocated partner as their training principal; the quality of mentoring differs depending on individuals. Generally a very approachable firm, aided by the open plan layout of the office."
Second year trainee, Norwich
"We have a partner mentor and a buddy in the year above."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"There is a real focus on training and development, and colleagues are very approachable and willing to offer advice and constructive feedback."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"People are always keen to help and the firm is trying to overhaul its review process to make feedback better. Due to the four-month seats and mid-seat reviews, you do get formal feedback every two months or so, but informal feedback can be a little trickier to obtain from certain teams."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"Most senior people at the firm are really accessible and make good mentors. Some supervisors are more proactive than others at giving feedback."
Second year trainee, Cambridge

2015

"All of my colleagues, including secretaries, solicitors and partners, are all very accessible and approachable. For each seat, trainees have an informal mid-seat review with their supervisor to discuss progress to date and points to build on. There is then an end-of-seat review for each seat for which an in-depth performance review form must be completed by trainee and supervisor to monitor progress in various skills."
First year trainee, Norwich
"Senior lawyers are very accessible. My principal (a partner) is one of my favourite people in the firm and a very good role model. The trainee buddy system is very effective and as teams are so friendly, you receive a lot of support and supervision from the start. Feedback is more frequent in some seats than others but you will always receive feedback if you prompt colleagues for it."
Second year trainee, Norwich
"I have had excellent supervisors throughout my training contract. All of them take the role seriously and always have time to look through your work and provide feedback."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"The majority of senior solicitors and partners are always willing to take the time to explain a matter and give feedback on your work."
First year trainee, Norwich
"Other solicitors are very approachable and supervisors tend to be well selected. They are happy to help even when the work is on other people's matters. Partners can be less approachable because they are often too busy to help (even when they've given you the work!)"
First year trainee, Cambridge
"People are generally very accessible and approachable and take time to help when you have queries. There are some excellent supervisors at the firm. Performance feedback is generally constructive and helpful and people are keen to tell you when you have done a good job."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"Mentoring can vary from team to team and depend on who your supervisor is. My supervisors have been largely excellent taking the time to explain things to me when necessary. Feedback forms are useful, completely by the supervisor with comments from all team members, they inform you of what you have done well and what you need to continue to work on."
Second year trainee, Norwich
"The two supervisors I have had have been really helpful and accessible. Trainees have mid-seat and end-of-seat reviews, which are a good opportunity to receive feedback."
First year trainee, Cambridge

2014

"This depends on who the mentor is. Some are very good and will give you the time and effort. Some are naturally less approachable but you have to work out how to deal with these people."
First year trainee, Norwich
"Each trainee has a supervisor for each of their seats who take care to ensure that suitable work is being given and is there for general guidance. In addition, each trainee has an individual training principal (always a partner) who supervises their overall training contract and is a go-to person for any problems. The training principal takes a keen interest in the overall process and my experience is that they meet with the trainee every couple of months to review performance reviews and discuss anything relevant. Training principals also assist in the qualification process, advising based on their vast experience."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"Accessibility is no problem. Solicitors and partners are generally good at providing feedback and thanking you for your work."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"Every trainee is assigned a 'Principal' who will be a partner at the firm. It is sometimes difficult to meet them if they are busy but they are there if you have any problems or issues you need to raise."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"The firm has a very thorough review process - which ensures we receive regular feedback."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"Performance feedback is not always as constructive as it could be, which can make it difficult to know how to improve and what to do differently in future. However, it very much depends on the team and the individuals you are working with. Colleagues are generally good about giving positive feedback if a piece of work has been done well. People are generally very accessible and happy to chat through any queries with you."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"Always made time for me and in my last two seats, I have had supervision from the NSL Partners (National Service Lines across the six offices) and feedback has always been really constructive and positive. Most importantly, the last partner I sat with and my mentor (another partner) have provided supervision that relates to qualifying and my long-term development as a lawyer which has shown they are really taking an interest."
First year trainee, Norwich
"People go out of their way to help you, and are very generous with advice."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"My supervisor and any partners in the team are all readily available. I have a designated principal who is a partner in the firm and is a go-to for any queries or questions or general support. Whoever is supervising the work I am doing is always more than happy and free to help if I have an questions. I have informal mid-seat reviews, and more formal end-of-seat reviews. Most supervisors catch-up more informally between these times anyway. There is plenty of opportunity for informal feedback. Nearly all of the work I do I get feedback on - it's the only way that you can learn."
First year trainee, Norwich

2013

"With very rare exceptions, this is a very strong area for the firm. Supervisors are very approachable and are very adept at giving good instructions and feedback."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"The feedback differs from team to team. In the majority of situations the supervision is excellent and the solicitors/partners are always happy to have a chat about the work set or any general issues."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"This varies from team to team but everyone is approachable. There is a review process of your work so even if you do not receive recognition as you go along it is recorded at the end of your seat."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"Everyone has been really friendly and taken a lot of time to help trainees. They regularly give feedback and encouragement in order for you to really develop your skills."
First year trainee, Norwich
"I think this is a real strength. We are open-plan in the office which means we talk to partners every day. They are all very approachable, and they are generous with their advice and support."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"A good review process with mid- and end-seat reviews and colleagues are genuinely interested in teaching you and developing your skills. You feel that your work is appreciated and as there isn't a culture of staying late, when you have to colleagues recognise your hard work and it is definitely valued and appreciated."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
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