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Formal Training

8.4 / 10

(based on 7 ratings in 2019)

2019

"The formal training programmes in each team are well-planned to provide an overview of the work undertaken as well as support the informal training taking place constantly."
Second year trainee, London
"Trainees attend associate training within their departments and also have specific trainee sessions but it's very much learn by doing. This approach allows you to gain a deeper, practical and commercial understanding of why things are done a certain way and what clients expect. If you're a driven and self-motivated learner, there's no better way to train."
First year trainee, London
"There's a good mix of internal and external sessions. We have very good exposure to some of the most senior partners who are extremely good at what they do."
First year trainee, London
"However, every department carries out training sessions throughout the year. Due to high level of exposure to clients and third parties, you learn how best to communicate and negotiate with other parties in a professional manner."
Second year trainee, London

2018

"There's a lot of on-the-job learning. I definitely gained people-management skills with having to manage various local counsel and I once worked on a deal involving 22 different local counsel."
Second year trainee, London
"We have formal training sessions for trainees as a group and then a couple of additional sessions in some departments. Overall, the firm places the most emphasis on learning on the job."
Second year trainee, London
"Everything is taught on the job together with structured training (particularly in corporate and debt finance). If you are eager to learn, you will progress rapidly."
First year trainee, London
"There's less emphasis on formal training because it's not as effective as learning on the job. I would hate to be doing mock transactions in a lecture theatre and would not engage with it."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a fair amount but probably on the moderate end compared to other firms. The focus is on learning by doing."
Second year trainee, London
"The training is probably more informal than it is at other firms and so can be rescheduled at late notice and I think the quality of the training is very good. Training is often led by senior associates or partners and we're given a good range of precedents."
Second year trainee, I'm currently on secondment in New York but I am based in London.

2017

"Training is generally hands-on but there is a comprehensive training programme in place to ensure juniors and mid-level associates are aware of the legal issues at play in our sector."
Other - NQ (end of qualification year), London
"There's focused on-the-job training. We’re involved from day one to gain experience and 'learn by doing'."
Second year trainee, London

2016

"While there is a lot of formal training offered by the firm, I do think there could be more as a lot seems to be learning on the job."
First year trainee, London

2015

"In the first six months of the training contract you're expected to attend 2-3 training lunches a week. These are very helpful."
Second year trainee, Hong Kong (seconded from London)
"Trainees have three hours of training per week which I have found to be hugely useful, particularly in the beginning."
First year trainee, London
"The training sessions on offer are a good introduction to different seats and your role as a trainee, but you learn best from doing and the firm emphasizes that."
Second year trainee, London
"There are weekly departmental training sessions for trainees. PSL's within departments will also give separate talks and hold sessions on legal updates. This helps you to develop both legal understanding and commercial awareness."
First year trainee, London
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