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Informal Training & Mentoring

7.4 / 10

(based on 14 ratings in 2016)

2016

"I've had lots of support from partners and associates who are very approachable and willing to help. Second-year trainees have also been very helpful and friendly and offered lots of tips."
First year trainee, Oxford
"Partners and associates are always good at saying thank you for work you've undertaken and are always available for questions. There are also formal feedback assessments that take place every three months."
First year trainee, London
"My mentor and partners have been very approachable. Feedback is given on pieces of work."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"Everyone is happy to assist with questions and queries. Partners are good at saying thank you for hard work and have been known to buy thank you gifts for trainees."
Second year trainee, Surrey
"There are structures in place but the meetings and catch ups don't always occur when they should. You mostly have to organise them yourself."
First year trainee, Guildford
"You're assigned a buddy who is usually the most recent trainee in your department – they're there to help ease you into the department and help you if you have any questions throughout that seat. You are also assigned a mentor (a senior partner in the firm) and mine took me out for a lovely lunch to get to know me. If I have any issues or questions, I feel as though I can now direct them to him and we meet to discuss how I am getting on every few months. Feedback is usually given on work by your supervising partner and, if it isn't, you can ask for it and the partners are very happy to provide it."
First year trainee, London
"This is dependent on who your mentor is. I have had a very good mentor who has offered me detailed and constructive feedback and also had a mentor who has not been able to offer the same level of support. It depends on the demands of your team."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"I have a mentor in another department, which is helpful because it feels separate from my day-to-day work."
First year trainee, Basingstoke

2015

"We have a mentor and buddy system. Trainees are assigned a second year buddy, and a mentor, who is either a partner or a senior associate. It is good to have somebody that you know you can approach if you have a problem."
Second year trainee, London
"I feel very well supported by my supervising partner and the associates I have worked with. I have been given more responsibility than I had expected, but very rarely felt that I was on my own without support. I have a weekly meeting with my partner and senior associate to discuss my case-load. In terms of praise, the partners are often very busy, but still have largely found time to tell me when they have been particularly pleased with my work."
Second year trainee, Guildford
"We are each paired with a mentor who is chosen so as to be outside of our normal day-to-day working life. My mentor regularly takes me for lunch to catch up, but I haven't had any need for him as anything more than a friend. That said, I do think it's great that he is there as almost an impartial help with any issues I am facing in or out of work."
First year trainee, Guildford
"In my experience, partners and associates tend to be very approachable, and are willing to assist with your learning."
Second year trainee, London
"Whilst each trainee is given specific mentors, I have found that everyone is willing to help and give advice, particularly the younger fee earners."
Second year trainee, Guildford

2014

"Everyone is very approachable and takes the time to explain things thoroughly: you feel part of the team."
First year trainee, London
"Appraisals are very useful for training purposes and are taken seriously. Most supervising partners give feedback on a regular basis which is very helpful."
Second year trainee, Oxford
"The firm has an 'open-door' policy where praise and recognition are ongoing."
Second year trainee, Basingstoke
"When you start training you are given a trainee mentor and a senior associate/partner mentor. They are both very helpful and approachable at any time."
First year trainee, Basingstoke
"Training and mentoring is really excellent from all sides. I really feel appreciated by the partners I have been working for. I have had an associate mentor that I meet up with at least on a weekly basis to discuss how I am getting on with my work and to assist with any difficulties."
Second year trainee, Guildford
"The partners and associates are always really helpful and willing to answer any questions you have."
Second year trainee, Guildford
"Partners and associates are always thankful for the work I have done. Most partners/associates are very good at explaining what needs to be done and giving feedback if applicable."
First year trainee, Guildford

2013

"My trainee mentor is excellent and my partner mentor is very helpful and easy to get along with and always lends an ear."
First year trainee, Guildford
"In every seat I have always found that every fee earner is willing to help and teach. The solicitors and partners are very good at giving feedback about work in a constructive way and praise is given for good work."
Second year trainee, Basingstoke
"Partners are always happy to speak to you and answer queries and the informal training and mentoring has been the most useful throughout my training contract and remains so now."
Newly qualified solicitor, Basingstoke
"I have had excellent mentoring from all supervising partners. Everyone in the team is accessible and willing to support and encourage."
Second year trainee, Basingstoke
"People are keen to offer guidance. The open-plan office helps and I feel the work offered to trainees stretches them. Partners know this and are therefore very good at pointing out mistakes without making trainees feel like complete morons."
Second year trainee, London
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