Your training programme
Being a successful City lawyer requires more than purely legal knowledge. Your personal training schedule will cover technical legal knowledge, legal skills, and commercial and financial awareness. Our Learning and Development department organises a full and varied legal and commercial education programme for trainees.
On joining the firm, trainees attend a two-week induction that provides you with the key skills and knowledge you will need to start work. You can start to network from day one as you meet people from various groups and teams in the firm.
We aim to be trusted business advisers as well as lawyers and so it is important to us that we are at ease in our clients' world and able to converse in their language. To that end, trainees participate in commercial awareness courses designed to improve their financial awareness and knowledge of the City.
Trainees are enrolled on a comprehensive legal training programme, with sessions delivered on a wide range of subjects by partners and other senior lawyers. Trainees are also invited to attend bespoke group and practice area training, and are encouraged to attend firmwide sessions on topical issues, legal updates and recent transactions.
Professional skills course
Our skills training covers an array of topics which help our trainees develop throughout their training contract and beyond. Sessions, delivered by internal and external trainers, include presentation skills, resilience and time management, negotiation and advocacy skills, client care and professional standards.
We offer one-to-one support to you in any areas of individual development, so that all of our trainees can develop into the best possible lawyers.
Shortly before qualification, trainees attend the first of a five part business skills training programme to help with the progression to qualified life. The ‘Associate Business Skills’ programme, which equips junior lawyers with key skills they need to progress and succeed, runs at important transition times and includes training on personal impact, confidence, effective communication, and management and leadership styles.
During your final seat we will begin discussions with you about your preferences on qualification. We consistently retain about 90% of our trainees, with most qualifying into their preferred practice area. Our HR team will fully support you during your transition to becoming a newly qualified solicitor.
Mentoring provides a valuable forum to seek support, reflect on your career development, discuss professional goals and expand your network. There is a diverse range of mentoring programmes open to our LPC students and trainees, with opportunities to act as both mentees and mentors. These include the ‘LPC Mentoring Programme’ which matches LPC students with first seat trainees and the ‘Trainee Mentoring Programme’ which pairs new joiners with more experienced trainees to ease the transition to the firm. Trainees can also participate in a range of external initiatives, acting as mentors to students as part of the firm’s Corporate Responsibility and Diversity and Inclusion work. Mentoring opportunities continue after qualification, including our firmwide ‘Connect’ mentoring programme which provides associates with partner mentors to build relationships and access advice.