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Informal Training & Mentoring

7.9 / 10

(based on 11 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Sometimes, personal feedback can be limited during busy transactional periods."
First year trainee, London
"There is a buddy programme as well as supervisors. However, everyone is accessible and willing to help trainees. Trainees often get good feedback for showing initiative."
Second year trainee, London
"You are paired with one mentor throughout your time at the firm, but getting together is always dependent on work demands."
Second year trainee, London
"Associates are great mentors and are very willing to teach. Partners are generally quite approachable (especially during the qualification process)."
London
"Depends widely on the quality of the supervisor and personal relationship. The firm tends to encourage trainees to take the initiative in seeking out mentors and advice."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"The buddy system and mentoring from supervisors are very useful for developing skills and improvement. In particular, the buddy system allows for more informal level of discussion than a supervisor."
First year trainee, London
"I have had several great mentors while working here - both informally and through formal mentorship programmes. I get regular performance feedback and recognition for the work I do."
Second year trainee, London
"My supervisors have been very accessible and willing to give feedback. They have also taken an active role in my development, discussing pieces of work and pointing out areas for improvement. Other solicitors I have worked for have also been happy to give feedback."
First year trainee, London
"I have had good feedback so far; everyone is willing to give feedback if you ask but if someone continues to give you work it's a good sign."
First year trainee, London
"We have a formal mentor system with a budget for lunches. Lots of informal mentoring also goes on, senior lawyers are very approachable and eager to assist with this."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"Those at a higher level seem genuinely interested in mentoring those lower down."
First year trainee, London
"Varies between mentors, but generally a good experience. As noted, internal training is better than external."
Second year trainee, London
"Each lawyer can select a mentor and has a budget for four mentor lunches/dinners each year."
First year trainee, London
"Trainees have reviews every three months with input from everyone they've worked more than ten hours with in the previous period. Hard work and development is definitely noticed."
First year trainee, London
"The associates/partners I have worked for are very approachable and are happy to provide detailed feedback. I have definitely felt appreciated for the work I put in. On the downside, some of the associates tend to focus more on providing negative feedback than positive."
First year trainee, London
"Generally really good - people at all levels really try to explain work to you, as well as giving feedback on how you've done afterwards. If you've done a good job most people will express their gratitude for this, and people will provide constructive criticism so you can improve next time."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm provides a mentoring service for trainees and senior lawyers are accessible and naturally inclined to provide support and guidance to junior lawyers."
First year trainee, London
"Mentoring system is well structured and partners are approachable for career chats."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"Lots of ongoing feedback and formal feedback every three months. We choose our own mentors, who have a budget to take us out every three months. Lots of people genuinely care about trainees."
First year trainee, London
"People often willing to talk about the deal to give you context. However there could be more on-the-job feedback."
First year trainee, London
"My mentor is great and I know I can ask anyone around for advice. Very much an 'open-door policy' office. Frequent constructive feedback."
First year trainee, London
"My first supervisor was fantastic in terms of teaching me a lot, giving me feedback on everything so I could improve the next time around and giving me praise when I did good work. Generally there are always people you can talk to."
First year trainee, London
"My assigned (and self-chosen) mentor is always contactable, but usually a bit busy for us to use a twice a seat (and generous) lunch budget. But there are always other people you can talk too about legal/career/office issues - several of the associates, especially the more junior, are happy to shut their door and hear about your issues and most of the partners are happy to talk to you about how to get your career going the way you want it."
First year trainee, London
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