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.
Trainee in-practice sessions
Trainees attend sessions to develop their legal knowledge throughout their training contract. These sessions, which are delivered by senior lawyers, cover a wide range of legal topics.
Professional skills course
This course will help you to develop the skills that are vital for today's lawyers. It is delivered by our lawyers and by external providers. Subjects covered include presentation, negotiation and advocacy skills, company meetings, 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.
Qualification transition programme
Towards the end of your training contract we run a ‘qualification transition programme’ that focuses on developing crucial skills you’ll need as a qualified lawyer, including management and delegation skills, personal impact and client care.
Trainees are also invited to attend firm-wide training sessions that are run regularly on topical issues, updates in the law, our practice and interesting recent transactions. Each group also organises trainee training to further develop your understanding of each practice area.
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.
We offer a number of mentoring opportunities after you qualify that involve being mentored by a partner internally or a senior leader from the wider external business community. The aim is to support the career development of individuals by building relationships and accessing advice and guidance from seasoned professionals. These are open to all trainees, in line with our focus on inclusion, there are opportunities to be mentored by women, BME or LGBT leaders.