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Formal Training

8.3 / 10

(based on 31 ratings in 2016)

2016

"At the start of each seat, you will get a formal training programme from the department. These tend to be very good and are run by partners, associates and professional support lawyers in the department."
Second year trainee, London
"When the training contract commences, trainees are given introductory sessions from all of the business services departments and these talks give a very useful overview of how the firm operates. Each fee earning department then offers specific training in the first few months of that particular seat to provide more information about what that seat entails and how best to approach work. All trainees are also sent on several external courses. I've recently taken part in a public speaking course and found this particularly useful."
First year trainee, London
"As well as department-specific trainee training sessions, there are firm-wide training sessions covering a wide range of topics that trainees are encouraged to attend. Trainees also get training on presentation skills, which will be very useful for the future."
First year trainee, London
"Good training programme within departments and excellent general session on public speaking."
First year trainee, London
"Each department gives extensive training to trainees and also to other lawyers at weekly or monthly meetings."
Second year trainee, London
"Plenty of on-the-job training sessions delivered by lawyers of all levels."
Second year trainee, London
"Presentation skills training is very interesting and useful. Good opportunities for drafting, negotiation, research etc."
First year trainee, London
"There's a firm-wide induction programme when you join, plus lots of departmental training when you move seats. The training is often led by partners."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"Training varies from department to department. I found that legal skills tended to be developed on the job, and the slides at the training sessions are universally useful prompts and reminders."
Second year trainee, London
"I found there to be a lot of departmental training provided for new trainees on each seat move, which provides a useful overview of the work the department does, even if your contribution as a trainee can be limited."
First year trainee, London
"Subject specific training sessions are provided by the departments you sit in, and regular reviews provide a good opportunity for feedback. The firm also provides presentation skills training for first year trainees."
First year trainee, London
"Every seat offers a formal training programme to allow trainees to become accustomed to the particular work that will be required from them. I found the training here to be diverse: from how to complete deals, how the regulatory system in Europe works, to how to apply for injunctions!"
Second year trainee, London
"I have been in two advisory seats so far, and there has been a fairly large amount of training, which was very useful in giving me the proper grounding in the subjects."
First year trainee, London
"You receive a full induction programme in every department you sit in. These are normally delivered by the Professional Support Lawyers, associates and partners. Three monthly appraisals also take place, which are very constructive, and taken seriously by everyone."
First year trainee, London
"Training does vary on a departmental basis, but it consists of a mixture of formal training sessions and on-the-job practical training, which I think works well."
Second year trainee, London
"We have departmental training sessions and they are helpful but, ultimately, they are informative as opposed to training on particular skills."
First year trainee, London

2014

"The firm is focused very much on hands-on training where you learn on-the-job. Less focus on formal training."
Second year trainee, London
"Excellent. A lot of partner involvement. It is focused, personal training."
First year trainee, London
"There is a two-week induction, followed by department specific seminars in the first couple of months of each new seat. You get trained every day at Travers Smith. Your supervisor will always try to explain why you are doing something so you develop as well as complete the work to the best of your ability."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is all about learning by doing and picking things/skills up by osmosis through sitting with a partner. This is complemented by formal lunch training sessions at the start of each seat."
Second year trainee, London
"Each trainee sits with a partner. This means that we become fairly close and it is possible to ask questions and we really understand how our work fits in in the bigger picture. Associates are always willing to help and we learn a lot."
First year trainee, London
"Lots of in-house training sessions; good quality work provides excellent experience. The usual soft-skills are developed, including socialising/communicating with clients and other lawyers."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"Structured training sessions for each department as you rotate seats and global training for a couple of days at the start."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a general induction programme at the start and then each department runs its own specialised series of workshops."
Second year trainee, London
"You work closely with senior associates and partners and learn a huge amount through the room system, in which teams all share a single office space (i.e. learning by osmosis)."
First year trainee, London
"The fact that you are encouraged to get stuck into transactions is the best form of training in my opinion. It has meant that I have learnt a huge amount in my first six months as a trainee. Client contact allows you to develop your people skills from an early stage."
First year trainee, London
"Very detailed training programme covering a vast array of arrears, not just relating to law."
1 yr PQE, London
"Lots of training on soft skills as well as on law and commercial awareness e.g. listening, presentation, networking, etc."
Second year trainee, London
"I would say that formal training takes more of a back-seat in comparison to on-the-job training."
First year trainee, London
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