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Informal Training & Mentoring

7.9 / 10

(based on 20 ratings in 2018)

2018

"We do not have mentors at trainee level as supervisors fulfil that role. Associates are generally accessible and give feedback on each piece of work you do."
Second year trainee, London
"There is no formal mentoring system open to trainees, which I think is a shame. You do have formal reviews at the end of each seat, but not much more than this."
Second year trainee, London
"Partners and associates are generally very good at giving detailed feedback and teaching along the way."
First year trainee, London
"All trainees sit with a partner at some stage of the training contract and most sit with several. In addition, each group has a trainee partner and each trainee has a monitoring partner. In my experience, these points of contact are genuinely interested in the well-being and progression of trainees at the firm, and are generally accessible."
Second year trainee, London
"As with all things to do with people, it depends on the individuals concerned. Some supervisors (both partners and associates) are fantastic and always give good feedback on work done for them. There is a strong open-door policy overall and it's rare for anyone asking a question to be turned away. However, there are inevitably people who treat trainees as a resource and are less likely to give recognition for work you have done. Thankfully, such people are a very small minority here and have to be put up with at all firms."
First year trainee, London
"All of my supervisors have taken an active interest in my development and have generally been very good at providing constructive feedback."
Second year trainee, London
"My supervisor is a partner and she is very accessible. She takes an interest in what I'm doing and gives proper feedback on my work. Approaching other partners can be scary but they are usually very nice. The associates I work with are great, include me in things, give good feedback and mention that I've worked on something in their email to the partner."
First year trainee, London
"You get feedback twice in a seat, which is alright. Some seniors are more open than others to giving ongoing feedback."
Second year trainee, London

2016

"We have regular reviews and access to partners to discuss any issues and feedback. The HR team are supportive in the same way."
First year trainee, London
"Most supervisors are very engaged in trainee development. As a whole the firm gives trainees a lot of responsibility and client contact, especially in transactional seats."
First year trainee, London
"Feedback and recognition is good here: people are normally quick to praise your work and give you credit."
First year trainee, London
"Good system of formal feedback. All associates/partners I have worked for have been friendly and encouraging. The system of sitting with partners as well as associates is helpful in terms of getting a broad range of experience/advice."
First year trainee, London
"Associates and partners are very accessible. I am sitting with a partner and he has been a great mentor, making sure I am getting a wide variety of work. He is always willing to answer questions I have and is very supportive of my volunteering and out of office initiatives. We also have monitoring partners who sit down with us once a month to ensure we are getting a range of work and working sensible hours."
First year trainee, London
"Very aggressive programme of review, including three-monthly appraisals and monthly monitoring meetings. This is all with partners, and a very thorough regime of reporting work done and skills acquired. Praise is not given lightly, but lots of senior people are excellent at acknowledging good work."
Second year trainee, London
"Everyone is incredibly willing to give up their time to discuss with you. It can feel discouraging not to receive feedback unless you particularly push for it, but you do feel very supported."
First year trainee, London
"Most people are good at copying you in with their client communications when you have worked on an aspect going into these, which is a good way to assess how close to the mark you are getting. There is a bit of a policy of 'no news is good news', which means that praise and feedback on a day-to-day basis are not hugely common. However some people will go out of their way to tell you that a piece of work was good. There are mid- and end-of-seat reviews that give you an insight into your performance."
First year trainee, London

2015

"There are no billable hours targets at the firm - so associates and partners are happy to take time to talk to you."
First year trainee, London
"Informal training is relatively variable - you do sometimes have to press supervisors for feedback, but if you have a very busy (or reluctant) supervisor then you can normally get feedback from others with whom you are working. You sometimes have to be quite frank in seeking this, but that isn´t necessarily a bad thing as it can show willingness to learn."
Second year trainee, London
"Trainees meet with a partner once a month to look over their training contract diary and can discuss issues (if any). The partners are keen to ensure that trainees get a variety of work and are proactive about this. Trainees also have mid-seat and end-of-seat reviews with supervisors to assess their work on an ongoing basis."
First year trainee, London
"This is taken very seriously, with regular meetings with one's supervisor as well as a separate partner. Many lawyers are very conscientious in giving constructive advice, pointing out strong and weak points regularly."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Feedback tends to be limited to formal processes. Generally, the approach to take is that 'no news is good news'."
Second year trainee, London
"Associates are very accessible. All are willing to give feedback and praise."
Second year trainee, London
"Most associates are approachable and willing to answer questions and provide constructive feedback. The quality of supervision is more variable; some supervisors (particularly associates) put a lot of thought into effective supervision, others have to be chased quite hard for any sort of feedback. Overall it's definitely worth asking for feedback - people might not give it proactively, but they'll generally respect being asked for it."
First year trainee, London
"We have a formal feedback procedure which is helpful. All of my supervisors have been excellent mentors who have shown a real interest in my development."
Second year trainee, London
"Feedback is often general. Diary meetings are taken seriously however."
First year trainee, London

2013

"Associates and partners are very accessible, and supervisors have always been willing to answer questions and often gone above and beyond the call to supervise and provide advice. One supervisor, knowing I was keen for a thorough review, spent her Sunday preparing a four and a half page critique of my strengths and weaknesses for my end-of-seat review."
Second year trainee, London
"Most associates are very available and offer good advice upon request. Some partners are very open; however, others are either too busy or are a little unapproachable. This is exactly what I expected from a City law firm though."
Second year trainee, London
"Very much partner specific. Some are really approachable and lovely - others are quite the opposite. The systems are in place such that you should always feel supported but depending on the individuals involved, they don't always work in practice."
Second year trainee, London
"Personally, I think my supervisor (a junior-midlevel associate) is fantastic. He always answers my questions and always explains where I've gone wrong in a straightforward fashion e.g. "I thought this was too informal. You could do this instead. I think you should do this because of this". At the same time, if he likes what I've done, he tells me. I haven't worked with many other people but most of them have been very accessible and always thank me if I do work for them."
First year trainee, London
"Every trainee is allocated a diary monitor to meet with each month and the associates are very accessible."
Second year trainee, London
"Good work gets recognised, and feedback is always available. Partners and associates are generally accessible and make themselves available."
Second year trainee, London
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