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Formal Training

6.4 / 10

(based on 8 ratings in 2019)

2019

"The firm organises extensive learning and development training covering all aspects of the firm's practice, which have enabled me to gain a wider and more comprehensive understanding of corporate legal practice as a whole. In addition to training on substantive topics (such as the structure of a shelf take down or enforceability of warranties provisions), there are also practically focused sessions on things including presentation skills and drafting. There are also well-being centred training sessions on building resilience and securing good sleeping patterns, for example."
Second year trainee, London
"There are training programmes from senior members of staff on different areas of law and soft skills."
Second year trainee, London
"The training programme is less structured than some other firms, but it is generally tailored to needs and the seminars are delivered by people you work closely with, so it's easy to ask questions."
Second year trainee, London
"Training at the firm is more informal than formal, which may not suit everyone's preferences. Personally, I find it a good way to pick up information quickly and with context."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm puts more emphasis on learning on the job than on strict training regimes. However, this is something that it is rebalancing slightly as it seeks to include more formal training sessions."
Second year trainee, London.
"The sessions are varied and good on the whole. That said, they can often get cancelled I think they should be more frequent."
Second year trainee, London

2018

"We don't really have formal training but I am satisfied that this is not too much of a problem as I believe in training by experience."
First year trainee, London, UK
"Our training is mostly fairly casual with infrequent training sessions on Thursday mornings and occasional firm-wide training sessions. I'm definitely learning a lot of project management and communication skills as well as strategic issues in contentious matters and so on."
Second year trainee, London
"Our training is fairly informal and on-the-job."
Second year trainee, London
"We have frequent in-house training sessions by all the practice groups and professional skills course days to complement our training contract."
Second year trainee, London

2016

"There are some formal training sessions, which are helpful, but most of the learning is on the job."
Second year trainee, London
"We have weekly lunchtime training on different areas of practice. In addition, we often have a Thursday morning training session specifically catered to enhancing our skills."
Second year trainee, London
"There's informal training every Monday lunchtime given by Cleary associates where they will typically discuss a deal they've been working on. More formal training is given on Thursday mornings by the person who is in charge of legal education. The training is good on the whole but I would say that the best way to learn is on the job itself."
Second year trainee, Buenos Aires

2015

"The firm places serious emphasis on training, with weekly/bi-weekly training sessions throughout the LPC year and training contract."
First year trainee, London
"Good training is offered across different practice areas."
Second year trainee, London
"The training programme is good. We have two training sessions a week on a variety of practice areas to broaden our knowledge and skills."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Trainees are regularly contacted by the KM group to ask what training would be most helpful. Training tends to be quite focused and the resources are useful takeaways. I have found that sometime however, training comes after the event and you have already had hands on experience."
Second year trainee, London
"My supervisor is very supportive and prepared to offer help and advice whenever needed. We are regularly required to attend training seminars which provide us with background knowledge of important issues relating to the matters we are dealing with."
First year trainee, London
"As Cleary allows you to take on as much as you can handle I have been exposed to lots of different practice areas and tasks already; such as research into case law, negotiation on an M and A deal, drafting of documents to make the deal happen. You get exposed to really high-level work quite early on."
First year trainee, London
"We are free to request additional training sessions on any topic here."
First year trainee, London

2013

"Quite a varied training programme - you see a wide variety in training and in early years of practice, also the opportunity to participate by phone or video conference in talks in other offices. Specialist seminars also."
First year trainee, London
"Training tends to be far less formal than at other firms. There is a series of lunchtime seminars for associates and trainees, which is helpful in learning practical drafting skills and for overviews as to areas of law not covered on the LPC."
Second year trainee, London
"We have a lot of training, a session nearly every other week with a partner or a senior associate on an area of practice, and weekly updates at lunchtime with the whole firm on various topics and areas of law."
First year trainee, London
"Training is usually twice a week over lunch or first thing in the morning. It's usually enjoyable, if somewhat difficult to absorb. In any case, I can't see how it could be done any better; most learning is on-the-job, as it's meant to be."
First year trainee, London
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