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Informal Training & Mentoring

8.0 / 10

(based on 21 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Good overall but the quality of mentors can be a bit hit and miss."
First year trainee, London
"On the whole, senior lawyers are happy to give feedback and support trainees."
First year trainee, London
"People are very approachable and offer feedback throughout your seat. There are also informal meetings during the seat with your supervisor and HR to discuss feedback. Nobody will try to claim your work as their own but instead will give you the deserved recognition and praise."
First year trainee, London
"The quality of this depends on the department and specific team. In a small team, there's generally a good level of responsibility and support. However, some teams lack the habit of giving praise and constructive feedback."
Second year trainee, London
"As always, this varies and depends on each particular partner. My current supervising partner is especially good at providing constructive criticism. In my second seat (on secondment), I had a weekly review session with my supervising lawyer, which was an excellent opportunity for growth and to ensure that I was performing as expected."
Second year trainee, London
"I've been fortunate to have had lovely supervisors."
Second year trainee, London
"My team are great for this but I get the impression that it can vary between departments."
First year trainee, London
"I love how accessible the partners and senior partners are. Building rapport is easy but a number of interesting people at the firm are just too busy to take on a mentoring function properly."
First year trainee, London
"People are approachable in the firm and there are various mentoring schemes for trainees."
First year trainee, London

2015

"I found that the partners are very accessible. In terms of feedback, I am in my first seat and have not experienced this yet."
First year trainee, London
"Although ways of acting on specific issues are not always clarified, and you can be left having to mind-read at times, associates are great at providing informal advice and feedback. Partners too are good at critiquing written work and explaining what should be done better."
First year trainee, London
"We are given two mentors when we start - a current trainee and an associate in our department. Partners are accessible to discuss any issues and to provide guidance in the department."
First year trainee, London
"Although I would prefer to sit with a senior associate as I feel that they would be more honest and have the time; performance on feedback and the mentor scheme are both at a good standard."
First year trainee, London
"In my experience both the solicitors and partners are great mentors."
First year trainee, London
"While it can vary, there are plenty of associates and partners who are willing to give feedback and suggestions."
First year trainee, London
"In my experience, associates have been incredibly generous with their time, which ensures that you are being taught the material."
First year trainee, London
"The mentoring at the firm is a really accessible programme."
First year trainee, London

2014

"It depends who you are working with - some people are better than others at giving feedback. My supervisor is very busy but gives constructive feedback and discusses matters with me even if I am not involved to keep me in the loop which I very much appreciate."
First year trainee, London
"Supervisors are very accessible: always available to provide advice and feedback. Sometimes time pressure means you need to actively request this rather than expect it to be volunteered. Senior members of staff appear happy to share recognition of your input into a particular success. Positive encouragement is frequent and genuine. 'Negative' feedback is also fair and constructive."
First year trainee, London
"You are allocated a mentor at the beginning of each new seat and they encourage you to discuss any issues."
Second year trainee, London
"When you complete a piece of work, the partner/associate will generally give you some feedback, even if it is just 'good work'. Drafts will usually be returned with plenty of red pen, but they will usually sit and talk through any complicated changes and explain why they need to be made."
First year trainee, London
"Solicitors and partners are very accessible - generally want to help you learn."
First year trainee, London
"There will always be someone around that you can talk to, whether that is another trainee, an associate or a partner. When I was making my second seat choices, the associate and partner in my team offered a lot of very valuable advice which made me change my decision about what to apply for next. Feedback is frequently given on an informal basis."
First year trainee, London

2013

"The supervisors are fantastic and keep trainees very involved and up to date with matters. It helps to always be sitting in a room with a partner."
Second year trainee, London
"Associates are normally conscious of the fact that we're here to learn so try to encourage taking on good work."
Second year trainee, Dubai
"Depends on the individual, but as a culture the lawyers are very accessible. There is a mentoring programme within the department - we meet infrequently, but there is an 'open-door' policy."
First year trainee, London
"My mentor is great - she is understanding, open and gives me a lot of time."
1 yr PQE, London
"Praise is given out when deserved and honestly given. Training by supervisors and other partners is excellent."
First year trainee, London
"Mentors given in each seat, up to the individual trainee how much they are used."
First year trainee, London
"Varies person to person however associates in most departments tend to be very friendly and helpful, the average partners are approachable and good mentors."
Second year trainee, London
"Solicitors and partners are accessible, and some can be good mentors. They are good at giving praise. However, some can be poor at explaining tasks and their expectations."
First year trainee, Londn
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