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Informal Training & Mentoring

8.5 / 10

(based on 17 ratings in 2016)

2016

"We have formal reviews with a senior associate and partner at the mid-point and end of every seat as well as separate associate mentors and trainee buddies. Most senior lawyers are generally very approachable."
First year trainee, London
"I've found the mentoring scheme invaluable. My mentor is someone I can have an honest discussion with and she really takes the role seriously and dedicates time to helping me. The trainee buddy scheme is also really helpful, particularly at the beginning of the training contract."
Second year trainee, London
"Partners and associates are approachable but often business can mean that feedback isn't given as regularly as it could be. You have a trainee buddy when you start and then an associate mentor who follows you through your training contract so there are plenty of people to ask for help."
Second year trainee, London
"There's both a trainee buddy support system when you first arrive (for asking the basic questions like how to work the printer) and also a senior mentor whom you choose. Mid-seat reviews and end-of-seat reviews are normally very useful and you receive regular feedback in between these as well."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"You get two supervisors in each seat and you can choose a mentor to offer guidance as/when you need it."
First year trainee, London
"Some supervisors really engage with the role and make an effort to be an approachable and available point of contact. There are a minority who make less of an effort."
Second year trainee, London
"When joining the firm you are encouraged to pick an associate as your mentor. The scheme is incredibly helpful, particularly when going through the review process or seat moves."
First year trainee, London
"I find feedback incredibly useful and there is a lot of it if you request it. About three months into your training contract you pick a mentor who supports you through the rest of your training contract and then hopefully further on in your career. I meet with mine quite regularly and she's very helpful, particularly as a sounding board for thoughts I have on next seats/qualification or if I have queries before a mid-seat review. Before mid- and end-of-seat reviews your supervisors collate feedback about your work from those you've worked with. It's really helpful having that feedback. We also have 'remarkable' cards and gifts for when you've shown remarkable service to the client and these are a lovely piece of recognition for your hard work."
First year trainee, London

2015

"I was given a trainee buddy, and asked to pick a mentor. I have found that seat supervisors are very supportive."
First year trainee, London
"I have found that solicitors and partners are usually very willing to discuss work and feedback. They provide personal experience to assist with learning, and they are generally happy to take time to help, even if they are very senior."
Second year trainee, London
"We have specific mentors who we choose, they are there as additional support on top of supervisors. We also have trainee buddies when we first arrive to help us with small questions. I think that it is a really good system, and we have lots of support."
First year trainee, Bristol
"Supervising partners can vary from department to department. However, I have had a great experience. Both of my supervising partners have taken the role very seriously. We have monthly catch up meetings to check how things are going. They regularly give me constructive feedback and help to manage things like capacity."
First year trainee, London
"There are a lot of training sessions all through the year provided in-house."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"I have found that informal training and mentoring are very structured, and I have always got the impression that the firm really invests in its trainees."
Second year trainee, London
"To date, I have always been provided with a lot of feedback. I feel like I am aware of my personal development goals and the best ways to achieve them."
First year trainee, London
"I think that the mentoring programme is great."
First year trainee, London
"My mentor has been an invaluable help to me. I feel that I can be very honest with her and I know that she is honest with me too. My mentor is happy to give up her time for me on a fairly regular basis, and seems to take a genuine interest in my well-being and career progression."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Partners are open and honest - our open-plan office makes it easy to speak with them. There is also lots of other support - for example the HR/Learning/Buddy system."
Second year trainee, London
"I enjoy a relationship with a mentor who was recently made up to partner. I trust him to be frank and appreciate his advice and guidance."
First year trainee, Bristol
"Mentors are there if you want them. We have trainee buddies for access to someone with a year more experience. Then we have Senior Associate mentors for career guidance if we want it."
First year trainee, London
"Each trainee nominates a mentor who will monitor them throughout their time in the firm. This has been extremely useful."
First year trainee, London
"All lawyers are very accessible. We pick a mentor (generally a senior associate) and are encouraged to keep in touch with them throughout our training contract. This works well."
First year trainee, London
"Most solicitors and partners are very approachable and willing to offer constructive feedback. Lawyers who view trainees simply as a resource are, thankfully, in a small minority."
First year trainee, London
"Senior solicitors and partners are extremely accessible. They are good mentors and have regularly checked in with me to make sure that I was getting good experience. Recognition and feedback is given in an informal and timely manner."
First year trainee, London
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