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Informal Training & Mentoring

8.7 / 10

(based on 7 ratings in 2019)

2019

"I have felt extremely well supported throughout my training contract. I have a trainee, associate and partner mentor with whom I meet regularly. I receive formal, structured feedback and appraisals with my supervisor, partner member and member of HR every six months."
Second year trainee, London
"My mentors have been extremely helpful and available to assist when I have called on them."
Second year trainee, London
"Mentors are very accessible. They meet with mentees regularly and are approachable more generally."
Second year trainee, London
"Solicitors and partners are all accessible and do genuinely care about you and your development. Feedback is given formally in the middle and end of your seat but most solicitors are happy to give feedback on each task once completed to help you improve."
Second year trainee, London
"I have been extremely lucky with informal training, but I am aware that this is something that is very much dependent on the supervisor."
Second year trainee, London.
"Everyone's very accessible and some take pride in trying to educate and develop others. If you ask for feedback, you're likely to get it but you have to be proactive."
Second year trainee, London

2018

"If you want to be mentored or trained informally, you can always ask. Some lawyers are better than others at feedback and commentary. I like that I feel as if I am doing a job and not at school, which, I imagine, is what over-training can do to trainees. That being said, I can often go for weeks without hearing any feedback. I like to think this generally means I am doing a fair job."
First year trainee, London, UK
"You generally see partners less often than your other mentors, but the trainee and associate mentor programme works well and they often go for lunches together. Feedback is pretty regular and is held mid-seat on a semi-formal basis and end-of-seat on a formal basis with pages of feedback from each associate you've worked with."
Second year trainee, London
"Trainees are assigned a partner mentor and a cluster mentoring group of lawyers across a range of seniorities. Almost everyone is very approachable."
Second year trainee, London
"Performance reviews are carried out very thoroughly, which is good. Mentoring is encouraged throughout the firm but can be a bit patchy in its application."
Second year trainee, London

2016

"Senior lawyers are very approachable and the mid-level associates are very willing to become informal mentors."
Second year trainee, London
"Although there is an open-door policy at the firm, I do not feel that partners are always as accessible as they should be."
Second year trainee, London
"Informal training is excellent. Partners and associates are generally approachable and willing to give you feedback on your work."
Second year trainee, Buenos Aires

2015

"Everyone, including solicitors and partners, is very approachable and willing to help."
First year trainee, London
"There is a lot of encouragement for formal mentoring, but informal mentoring happens most. Partners and associates are very friendly and easily accessible."
Second year trainee, London
"Solicitors and partners are very accessible. Trainees also have mentors (who aren't supervisors), and both of mine have met me one-on-one to check that I am okay and settling in well, which has really encouraged me."
First year trainee, London

2014

"We have plenty of mentors assigned to us from day one. I’ve found them to be really useful, especially at the beginning. As time goes on however, I have acquired new mentors as I have worked with senior lawyers, who are always helpful and accessible."
Second year trainee, London
"We have three mentors. A trainee mentor (third seat), an associate mentor (normally an NQ) and a partner mentor. We often have coffee and they are there whenever you need to ask a 'silly' question."
First year trainee, London
"In my experience solicitors and partners are accessible and happy to offer advice whenever requested."
First year trainee, London
"There are a number of people responsible for your wellbeing and professional growth, and everyone is excellent at giving constructive feedback in my opinion."
First year trainee, London

2013

"Generally, I have found solicitors and partners here to be very approachable. Some supervisors are more 'hands on' than others, though, in terms of training."
Second year trainee, London
"Supervisors are very ready to help if you simply explain that you need a little guidance on a task that has been assigned to you, and very willing with feedback if so needed."
First year trainee, London
"My current supervisor, a partner, is only too happy to sit down and chat about any aspects of a task I don't understand. That's typical here. People are generally thankful for the work delivered. That said, in the tongue-in-cheek words of one partner, "if you want love, get a dog"!"
First year trainee, London
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