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Formal Training

8.3 / 10

(based on 21 ratings in 2016)

2016

"At Reed Smith, there is an absolutely vast array of training you can get involved in. This has ranged from Bloomberg training to learning how to be more mindful at work."
First year trainee, London
"You get extensive training at the start of your training contract. This includes networking skills, marketing, cultural awareness, communicating with clients, working with your secretary, IT and library training etc. You then also get seat-specific training at the start of your seat and department-specific training during your seat. The extent of this depends on the seat you are in but it is extremely useful and well organised."
First year trainee, London
"Very much depends on the department and surrounding colleagues. Sometimes it's of a high level, on other occasions it can be more ad hoc."
Second year trainee, London
"The professional skills course is well organised. Training parameters for the training contract are provided with clarity (and accessible on the intranet). Optional training is available to improve public speaking techniques."
Second year trainee, London
"Numerous training sessions are held during the course of the training contract."
Second year trainee, London
"There are training sessions at the beginning of each seat. They are seat-specific and really help if you're going into somewhere completely new. The induction at the beginning of the training contract is great as well. The learning and development team works really hard on these and always takes feedback on board."
First year trainee, London
"It includes customised one-on-one and on-demand training sessions. There are also training sessions on career progression and dealing with cultural and even personality differences. You can even get coaching on sleeping and eating habits."
First year trainee, London
"Varies greatly from department to department. Some offer weekly or monthly training sessions whereas others focus more on learning as you go."
First year trainee, London
"Training is very good and very organised. Departments provide their own training that supervisors are usually good about you attending."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"With regard to formal training, I found there to be a wide variety of seminars on different department-specific topics. There are also talks and seminars allowing us to improve non-legal skills, such as oral communication."
First year trainee, London
"We have regular departmental training sessions; these are at trainee level and department wide. We also have training for the whole trainee cohort."
First year trainee, London
"There's always something to attend if you want to: from all sorts of departments and non-legal presentations such as pathways to partnerships, and marketing."
First year trainee, London
"In my experience the training programme has been great so far. I've learnt a lot in the Finance Department."
First year trainee, London
"I found that the training on legal research skills (with the legal databases) was especially useful."
First year trainee, London
"The training at Reed Smith is really good, and I feel that they really endeavour for us to do well."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Reed Smith created the Law and Business Masters so we picked up business skills before we came to the firm. These were enhanced when we had full days of training sessions on how to run a law firm, this gave an insight into the wider business we are a part of. In terms of legal skills each department has a set of training sessions for trainees when they move to their new seat."
First year trainee, London
"We have a wide PSC course selection, this can be tailored to your specific needs. Also each department provides regular training. The training contract in general is also well structured."
Second year trainee, London
"As well as training for our individual departments which usually takes place in 1 hours sessions at the beginning of a seat. New trainees spend three-four days at the firm having training on working with supervisors, secretaries and developing an understanding of working with a variety of personalities and recognising our own personality types."
First year trainee, London
"The Masters course in Law and Business sponsored by the firm which I undertook alongside the LPC gave me a useful crash-course in business strategy and has helped me approach legal problems in a more commercial way (my superiors have recognised this on occasion)."
First year trainee, London
"The speakers and presenters the firm invites are of high standard; department-specific training is given by associates and covers most important topics."
First year trainee, London

2013

"We were well prepared in the first three weeks with intensive training, but they made it entertaining. It really prepared us to begin our seats. Whilst in our seats we can monitor our own progress and there are plenty of opportunities to discuss our training with our supervisor and HR."
First year trainee, London
"I have two partners and two associates supervising me. There are regular sessions put on at lunchtime introducing useful aspects of legal practice. I have become much better organised and I'm not so anxious drafting emails."
First year trainee, London
"Very good training opportunities which are both compulsory and non. The Learning & Development team at RS are particularly flexible and are often looking for ways to tailor your training."
First year trainee, London
"First month as a trainee is full of department specific and general training, so you feel well prepared."
First year trainee, London
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