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Formal Training

6.6 / 10

(based on 13 ratings in 2019)

2019

"Our training is a mixture of taught sessions and on-the-job mentoring. It isn't too hands-on, which suits most people, but you're never left adrift if you need help. I've picked up a lot of new communication skills, both internally and for clients."
First year trainee, London
"There's training twice a week for the first six months of the training contract and trainees have hour-long Continuum sessions where we receive training on certain topics or areas from associates and partners. These can include things like red flags to look for when reviewing a contract or negotiating a lease. They are generally quite useful and especially so if you are working on a matter that the training covers. They are also a good opportunity for associates and partners to meet the first-year trainees. Every six months we have an appraisal meeting with our partner mentor and either a partner of our choice or the partner in charge of training. These are useful and are the main/only way we receive formal feedback."
First year trainee, London
"Training is interactive but could be better and more extensive. We could also increase the length of the programme into the second year."
Second year trainee, London
"There are regular formal training sessions though still probably not as much as at other firms. You really do learn on the job here."
First year trainee, London
"There are weekly training sessions on various practice areas that are helpful for the first year, although you do end up attending a number of sessions that you may not use again."
First year trainee, London

2018

"The training system can work excellently when you are working with people who have the time and willingness to teach. The best part about it is that it gives you the freedom to work out what work you are interested in and want to pursue further. It can be demanding though and may not suit those who are not particularly independent or resilient."
First year trainee, London
"There is an intensive training continuum that consists of bi-weekly seminars on different practice areas, often conducted by the top partner in that area."
First year trainee, London
"This is where the non-rotational system has its struggles. I would say we do more of our learning 'on the job'."
First year trainee, London
"We typically have formal training twice a week for an hour at a time. I personally find it difficult to 'train' in hour-long slots."
First year trainee, London
"The firm holds lunchtime sessions twice a week in the first year. These sessions build on what you know from the legal practice course with practical tips and additional sessions for new areas of law."
London
"Our training is very hands on and provides a steep learning curve, though it can sometimes feel too little. If you need help then you have to ask for it."
First year trainee, London
"The training consists of talks held largely in the first year of the training contract from lawyers in the firm about their practice. These can vary in the quality of their content, but are generally interactive."
First year trainee, London
"There is a structured training programme in the first year of the training contract. The best workshops focus on the practical nature of the work (rather than just lecture-style presentations). Because the aim of the formal training is to offer relevant tips to trainees wanting to work in any practice area, it is not organised thematically (ie department by department), which I would have personally preferred."
Second year trainee, London
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