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Informal Training & Mentoring

7.5 / 10

(based on 17 ratings in 2016)

2016

"I sit with a partner and he is a terrific mentor. He's very approachable and takes time to explain things. I'm always given feedback, be it praise or constructive areas to improve on."
Second year trainee, London
"I have only come across approachable people working at the firm. We are given a trainee buddy and a partner mentor as well as our supervisor and grad recruitment contacts, so there are plenty of people to elicit feedback from. The firm also has a well-being programme that offers lunch-and-learn sessions about a range of things that affect well-being."
First year trainee, London
"Solicitors and partners are accessible but it's up to you to make the most of them in a mentoring capacity."
First year trainee, London
"The vast majority of supervisors are great. A few could do with some improvement."
Second year trainee, London
"Appraisals every two months. Interim feedback will depend on the supervisor or fee earner you are working for. All are happy to comment on how you can improve if you ask."
First year trainee, London
"I've not had a great experience of this. After chasing my partner mentor for months for an initial meeting, I had to give up."
First year trainee, London
"I have never met my mentors, despite being assigned them when I joined."
First year trainee, London
"On point. Excellent supervisors and very good sessions at the beginning of and during your training contract."
First year trainee, London

2015

"Associates are, in the main, excellent mentors. They are happy to discuss work and give suggestions for improvements. Constructive comments are always available from them, and associates really do appreciate that you are still learning. There is very much a recognition that 'everyone was once a trainee'. We have two appraisals per seat, and six seats in total over the two years. That makes for six appraisals per year, each building on the last."
First year trainee, London
"Training and mentoring varies between departments and individuals. Some supervisors take their role seriously and it's a useful process to be a part of. With others it's a challenge to organise meetings, and get them to fill in appraisals. Again feedback varies between individuals but it is generally given."
First year trainee, London
"Each trainee has a partner mentor assigned to them, who can be as involved as little or as much as required by the trainee. Supervisors are supportive (with some notable exceptions) and people are generally accessible for queries and feedback."
Second year trainee, London
"There are regular meetings with mentors and we can request more if we want. We have one partner mentor, an NQ mentor (when in property) and a supervisor who is generally a senior associate."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"Nabarro places a great deal of emphasis on training. The mentor scheme is great: I meet with my partner mentor regularly for a coffee or for lunch. In all of my departments to date, the solicitors and partners have been very approachable and have taken time to give constructive feedback, whether good or bad. In this respect, training at Nabarro is excellent."
First year trainee, London
"Partners do not often have a great deal of time available to mentor on a regular basis. However, the mentors who are given to trainees on a day-to-day basis are usually associates who are about five years qualified, so they have a good balance between enough experience and not being too far removed from the trainee experience."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"I found that the supervisors are very approachable, as are partners generally. Praise and recognition is often given for work done."
Second year trainee, London
"The quality of the training depends on department. My partner mentor is very accessible but I know that some people have not had the same experience."
Second year trainee, London
"There are very regular appraisals with very supportive supervisors who genuinely care about you, and make sure that you maximise your learning, while leading a healthy work/life balance."
First year trainee, London

2014

"We have a buddy system whereby trainees keep in touch with future trainees before they start their training contracts. I think there are one or two 'buddy' events a year. Trainees are also allocated a partner mentor. The success of this depends on the individuals. Some partners make great mentors, others are not particularly interested."
First year trainee, London
"I have found my supervisors to be very supportive of my training and keen to make a difference to the experience of my training contract. Partners are less involved but always provide feedback at the end of a large transaction or matter when you've helped out and done a good job. Feedback is often given, sometimes even congratulatory emails or a mention in the firm news feed for your contributions."
Second year trainee, London
"I am regularly praised and encouraged, and feel a valuable and useful member of the team and the office more generally. The bonus of being in a smaller office is that everyone from partners to post room know each others' names and look out for each other."
Second year trainee, Sheffield
"People have a lot of time for trainees in the Sheffield office and make themselves available for questions and mentoring. We receive regular informal feedback as well as the formal appraisal system. Regular contact with HR as well to update them on how we are finding each department and if there is anything we would like to raise."
Second year trainee, Sheffield
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