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Formal Training

8.3 / 10

(based on 7 ratings in 2016)


"You are assigned a supervisor in your department who makes sure you are given a good range of work to do. The firm also pays for external training programmes to ensure you meet the Law Society's requirements."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"We have a great learning and development team and a number of business courses."
Second year trainee, Milton Keynes
"Excellent induction week training programme where all new trainees had a week together in Birmingham. It was a great bonding opportunity."
First year trainee, Nottingham
"Training varies from team to team. Some can be very useful but some can also be re-iterating skills and lessons learned on the job."
First year trainee, Milton Keynes


"I would definitely say that there is recognition of the importance of training. A developing lawyers programme is running for junior lawyers, and it is giving team training on an ad hoc basis. Soft skills are taught on Professional Skills Courses, and mentors monitor development and assist with guidance on soft skills and office etiquette."
Second year trainee, Reading
"Training at Shoosmiths is excellent, and offers brilliant exposure to work."
Second year trainee, Southampton
"There is a training principal at the firm, and each trainee has a supervisor."
First year trainee, Southampton
"A lot of training is on-the-job, and you develop throughout your training contract. I have had a lot more client exposure and have also been allowed to try my hand at more tasks, which has helped me develop and train myself. My supervisors have encouraged me to complete a first draft and will then provide constructive feedback on areas to improve/areas which I had done well. The firm is also keen to get us involved with business development and recruitment and you are also exposed to the billing process."
First year trainee, Southampton


"Continuous development is an important focus for the firm."
First year trainee, Nottingham
"There are personal development courses available throughout the year to supplement legal training sessions, and these are run by each department."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"There are junior lawyer training sessions along with practice group specific bi-weekly training sessions."
Second year trainee, Milton Keynes
"The firm runs a developing lawyer programme across the different practice groups aimed at junior lawyers from paralegals - two year PQE. They are great sessions which cover key aspects of the work you're involved with and numerous training sessions within the practice groups and departments. The practice groups also organise training away days which involve the whole of the national teams."
First year trainee, Manchester
"A lot of time is invested in trainee development, for which we have checklists and regular reviews with partners and one-on-one time with associates/partners."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"I feel that the firm really invests in our development. Our one week induction programme was excellent and we had lots of training in IT, accounts and other aspects."
First year trainee, Reading


"The firm's Developing Lawyer programme is a series of workshops which have allowed me to network with IHLs and gain an overview of important topics in commercial and corporate."
First year trainee, Southampton
"Gaining a broad range of skills is actively encouraged. The firm runs regular focused training for junior lawyers in the Developing Lawyer programme for Corporate/Commercial. Other departments have similar sessions but are less structured. Employment runs specific technical training for trainees."
Second year trainee, Reading
"The programme is well structured with all supervisors trying hard to expose trainees to a range of issues in their seats."
First year trainee, Milton Keynes
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