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Informal Training & Mentoring

6.7 / 10

(based on 12 ratings in 2018)

2018

"There is little formalised mentorship, but senior associates and partners are very willing to offer guidance and support throughout training and qualification for those who actively seek it."
Second year trainee, London
"People are generally nice and accessible and supervisors seek the input of the team before writing a review."
Second year trainee, London
"I have sat with partners twice and have constantly been able to get feedback. Associates are equally open and always acknowledge the work you have done, whether by explicitly telling partners, including you on emails or updating you about the matter once you have finished your part of it. Mid-seat reviews can be quite informal but also quite honest."
Second year trainee, Paris
"There are some very good mentors at the firm but you will not always receive praise for good work. It's more common to receive nothing back if your work is good/satisfactory but to receive bad feedback if it is not. Of the supervisors I've had at the firm, three were really good but two were not."
Second year trainee, London

2017

"People are very accessible. Given the smaller team sizes, trainees will often find themselves working with partners and senior associates directly, meaning they can get feedback on their work."
Second year trainee, London
"Supervisors are very approachable, encourage questions and are always happy to explain things in more detail. The same is true for most associates."
Second year trainee, London
"Associates are very accessible and partners are quite accessible. Everyone is ready to tell you when you have done well."
First year trainee, London
"I have met some fantastic people who have proven to be great mentors and are genuinely interested in my development."
Second year trainee, London
"Supervisors vary enormously, some are great and some could definitely improve."
Second year trainee, London
"People have so far been very approachable in my current department."
First year trainee, London

2016

"They are very accessible and you can receive feedback frequently."
First year trainee, London
"Very accessible and everyone is open to telling you what you can do to be better at your job."
First year trainee, London
"All staff are accessible and willing to respond to questions. Supervisors are generally good and give regular feedback. Occasionally, associates and partners can be slow to give feedback on particular pieces of work."
First year trainee, London
"The department I am currently in has an excellent mentoring scheme that provides a further outlet for discussion and assistance with junior associates. The partners and associates are all very friendly and this means that there are few individuals I would feel uncomfortable approaching for help. My colleagues praise good work and are very supportive if you find something difficult."
First year trainee, London
"Trainees are given reviews every three months, which is helpful. Many in the office are happy to sit and talk through work with you."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"Mentoring depends on the individual. In my experience most partners are very accessible and happy to be a mentor and answer questions. Praise and recognition depends on the supervisor, but formal feedback for tasks is given twice a seat."
Second year trainee, London
"Trainees look to their supervisors for feedback and mentoring, and this can differ depending on the person. Generally speaking supervisors, who can either be an associate or partner, are invested in the development of their trainees. Formal feedback is given twice per seat too."
First year trainee, London
"From my experience, one particular associate in my department took me under her wing and was absolutely invaluable, especially in the first few months, so mentoring and supervision can be very useful."
First year trainee, London
"Overall solicitors and partners make very good mentors, with most people taking time and interest to help. There are mid-seat and end-of-seat evaluations as well as informal guidance along the way. Sometimes it can be hard to get recognition if you quietly get along with work, so you need to ensure that feedback on your work gets back to your supervisor. There is the occasional bad supervisor, but feedback does get listened to, which is important."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"Informal training and mentoring can be somewhat mixed, and personally, I've been very lucky in that all of my supervisors so far have been incredibly personable and approachable, making questions and seeking advice very easy. You share an office with your supervisor which is a great learning tool and provides ample opportunity for regular feedback."
Second year trainee, London
"Supervisors at White & Case are very open and patient. There is a review process in place and weekly training reports."
First year trainee, London
"Supervisors are generally very good."
Second year trainee, London
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