Informal Training & Mentoring

8.7 / 10

(based on 12 ratings in 2017)

2017

"This is generally very good. Whether they're an allocated supervisor or not, senior fee earners tend to be very approachable and willing to help you progress. Some supervisors are obviously better than others and take a very hands-on and proactive approach in your development. There are only a couple of supervisors who are 'not so good'. Feedback systems are always being tweaked as they look to find the best means of facilitating this. While there is generally scope to have very detailed feedback if you ask for it, there is not always consistent ad-hoc feedback outside of the more formal three- and six-month reviews."
First year trainee, London
"People are generally really happy to provide feedback and explain tasks so they sit down with trainees and talk us through the documents and comments etc. There are two formal appraisals per seat."
First year trainee,First year trainee, London,London
"Mentors and supervisors are usually very good and show a desire to help you develop."
Second year trainee, London
"Supervisors are generally very good and attentive. The quality of the work that you get to do means that you learn very quickly, and not just about how to use a photocopier or proofread a document but practical skills such as drafting and client care too."
First year trainee, London
"Having performance reviews every three months is a great way to see how you are performing."
First year trainee, London

2016

"This varies significantly but my experience has always been good."
First year trainee, London
"Varies a lot depending on who you are working with, but most people are genuinely invested in trainees and making sure that they get a good learning experience rather than just using them to churn out work."
Second year trainee, London
"My old supervisor is always more than happy to meet for a coffee to give me advice on seat choices etc. I also have a mentor and find that most partners are happy to discuss any issues or provide feedback."
First year trainee, London
"Good – everyone has the option of having a mentor."
First year trainee, London
"I have a trainee buddy and a senior associate mentor. This, combined with my supervisor, is plenty of support and people to ask for feedback from."
First year trainee, London
"I have been involved in the mentoring scheme at Taylor Wessing and have had an excellent mentor who has provided incredibly helpful, independent advice. My supervisors have all also been great mentors and have stayed in touch throughout the training contract to check on how I'm doing."
Second year trainee, London
"Solicitors and partners are very accessible. As a trainee, you share an office with your supervisor who is either a senior associate or partner. This is really helpful in terms of informal mentoring and also getting feedback on your work. Most people will make a point of emailing your supervisor if they are particularly happy with some work that you have done. By the time you get to your formal mid- and end-of-seat appraisals, there is a general feeling that nothing in there should be a surprise."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"Overall training and mentoring is good, however this probably depends on which department you are sat in. There are mid-seat and end of seat appraisals. Trainees are sometimes mentioned in the Managing Partner's firm-wide update which is a nice touch."
First year trainee, London
"Both of my supervisors have been very supportive and have given me full feedback. When a job is done well this is always recognised."
First year trainee, London
"Training and mentoring depends largely on the department, but I have found most associates and partners to be helpful and approachable."
First year trainee, London
"There are internal mentors, reverse mentors, informal mentors and 'buddy' arrangements at many levels."
Second year trainee, London
"Mentoring varies from person to person but most people are very good at recognising work that has been done, such as an associate forwarding it to a partner and crediting the former as its author. This is in addition to providing the opportunity to sit down and go through any amendments required to your work. In my current department I am able to shadow at lots of client meetings, and copied in on most correspondence so you can learn by watching."
First year trainee, London

2014

"I have found that the partners will always make time for you; no matter how busy they are."
First year trainee, London
"I generally do not get feedback apart from mid-seat and end of seat appraisals. The informal mentoring system seems good though."
First year trainee, London
"There is a mentoring scheme and a buddy scheme for trainees. Trainees can always talk to supervisors too."
First year trainee, London
"Many mentors are generally good, although there is an expectation that work is not regularly praised, but you will be made aware if it is not up to scratch. You do get a lot of contact with senior partners in the firm which is very good."
First year trainee, London
"I have had a mentor throughout my training contract and we have regularly met for coffees over the two years - he was extremely helpful!"
Second year trainee, London
"Everyone is very approachable and will make time to help you. There are a number of official mentoring schemes in place, which are useful. Feedback is given in mid-seat and end-of-seat appraisals, but most fee earners give feedback as and when you work for them."
Second year trainee, London
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