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Informal Training & Mentoring

8.5 / 10

(based on 11 ratings in 2015)

2015

"The vast majority of the trainee mentors are accessible and engaged, and go out of their way to put you in front of new work."
First year trainee, London
"I have a partner mentor, group partner mentor, senior associate supervisor, associate and trainee buddy - all of whom are great to chat with."
First year trainee, London
"The firm ensures that all trainees have a very good support system."
First year trainee, London
"Lawyers are busy here so feedback can sometimes be difficult to get. Otherwise though, the support network is very extensive."
First year trainee, London
"My mentoring partner is very accessible and supportive. However, I would be unlikely go to any other partner for informal chats, to me, they are not very approachable."
First year trainee, London
"Great support system in place - you generally feel you always have someone to go to with any questions/issues you may have."
Second year trainee, London
"Informal mentoring seems to be more productive than the formal mentoring scheme, but I think it's generally the case that people find a mentor they gel with and keep the relationship going during their training contract."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"There is a formal mentoring scheme in place. However, the most effective thing is the informal mentoring that occurs day-to-day, by both associates and partners."
Second year trainee, London
"This varies hugely - some mentors are more hands on than others. I found that partners who 'mentored' me were not the official mentors allocated to me."
Second year trainee, London
"Partners are always amenable to offer informal guidance and advice - the door is always open."
Second year trainee, London
"Each trainee has a designated associate supervisor and mentoring partner, which provides a good general support framework. In addition, I have been very impressed with the way other colleagues make time to give me supervision and advice."
First year trainee, Reading
"As a trainee, I have another trainee as a mentor, as well as a mentoring partner. I meet with both regularly for coffee and advice and have found both exceptionally helpful. During each seat you are also allocated an associate supervisor and a partner supervisor, each of whom can help you and guide you within that specific department."
First year trainee, London
"You have a mentoring partner throughout your two-year contract who you see every six weeks for a catch up and to discuss progress and future seat choices. You share an office with a supervisor who gives you regular feedback. In addition you have a supervising partner who you can give feedback on your work. There is a mid-seat appraisal with your supervisor and supervising partner followed by a full appraisal at the end of your seat."
First year trainee, London
"The formal mentoring programme is generally not very successful. Informal contact is better with partners in your department who are more approachable."
First year trainee, London
"Very accessible - always lots of people available for support if needed. Various people have been very appreciative of hard work. Equally pointers are given for improvement."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"Partners are unbelievably accessible and willing to help in whatever capacity they can. I cannot speak highly enough about the quality of mentorship here."
First year trainee, London
"Partners and senior associates always available and happy to take time out to help - a real positive."
First year trainee, London
"Partners make excellent mentors. Trainee mentor has also been extremely helpful and I value both. Performance feedback is good and appraisals are taken seriously."
First year trainee, London
"Each trainee is assigned a trainee buddy and a mentoring partner as well as having a supervisor and partner in the department you are sitting in and they all discuss your progress and issues you may be having etc. so you feel well supported."
First year trainee, Reading
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