Informal Training & Mentoring

8.5 / 10

(based on 11 ratings in 2015)


"Feedback is often received at the time rather than in mid-seat and end-of-seat reviews. I have not had any issues with seeking out feedback from those who I've worked with, and I've always received recognition from those who I've worked with where I've done well."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"I feel fortunate to already have very good relationships with several senior colleagues who go out of their way to assist and mentor me. This includes everything from fielding my legal questions to inviting me out to meet their clients and contacts."
First year trainee, London
"Everyone is really accessible. The open-plan allows you to pop your head up and ask questions, no matter how silly. Most people will also take time out to sit down and explain why you're doing the task you've been set or discuss an issue you're having."
First year trainee, Bristol
"Personally I think that everyone is approachable and willing to help trainees to get their feet on the ground."
First year trainee, London
"Given the open-plan layout, everyone is very approachable, sometimes you don't even know who is a partner! We have a supervisor and a buddy to talk to as well."
First year trainee, London


"Most of the fee earners in my team are happy to sit down and talk about work, commenting on the areas that you have done well but also highlighting areas for improvement, so that you develop quickly. In the past feedback has been given in many forms, from fee earners taking me for coffee for a general chat, through to the mid-seat review. The informal mentoring is also a two way street and you are able to comment on your own progress and other skills that you would like the opportunity to develop."
First year trainee, Bristol
"In my experience, feedback is given frequently, honestly and constructively."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"Mentoring standards will depend on the individual but in my experience supervisors make a real effort to make sure their trainees are getting exposure to the right quality and range of work. One of the nicest things is that staying late is recognised and appreciated - people always say thank you."
First year trainee, Bristol
"Supervisors do give praise and recognition where it's due, and review meetings have been constructive. Sometimes feedback could be a little more detailed."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"Everyone is highly accessible. Mentoring varies depending on person and how busy everyone is although we are always thoroughly supervised."
First year trainee, London


"Everyone is very friendly and approachable - you can ask anyone, any question, any time. There are regular reviews and appraisals and good work is generally recognised and rewarded."
Second year trainee, Reading
"Partners are very accessible and often give work (and feedback) directly to trainees. Mentors tend to be senior associates. All of the mentors I have had have been brilliant. They have given good work and continuously look out for the trainee's legal development."
Second year trainee, London
"Generally fee earners are good at giving feedback, with some exceptions."
First year trainee, Reading
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